Bureau of Economic Geology

The Bureau gets to the core of its new research building

January 22, 2016
Operator taking core samples at the site of the Bureau's new Core Research Building

Operator taking core samples at the site of the Bureau's new Core Research Building

Core: Unquestionably, the Bureau’s greatest material asset. We scratch it, spray it, slice it—even lick it!—to determine its unique properties. We may possess more rock core than anyone in the world, and we undoubtedly conduct the best research on core of any geological institution. So, when a crew rolled up with a drilling rig and began coring in the Bureau’s front yard, it was an interesting turn of events, to say the least. Why were they coring right outside of the Core Research Center? They, too, were studying rocks—determining the ability of the rocks underlying the site for the Bureau’s new Core Research Building to withstand the weight of the construction. “We’re well into the process for eventually breaking ground and getting this building built,” said Jay Kipper, associate director of the Bureau. “When it’s finished, it’ll be a great place for our researchers to study rock samples, and we’re looking for support to install a rooftop terrace that will be able to host Bureau events.” To learn more about how you can be a partner in the creation of the Core Research Building, its rooftop terrace, and the adjacent scenic rock garden, please contact Jay Kipper.

The Bureaus's new Core Research Building (foreground left)

The Bureau's new Core Research Building (foreground left)