|Containing costs was essential
to completion of the project on time and under budget. To economize,
the Weston homes and farmhouses were converted into offices wherever
possible. The first NAL building was the Linac Research Building, a
prefabricated warehouse structure. An "Air Building" was erected and
used for prototype work on Main Ring components. Progress on the construction
of the accelerator continued, as sections of the site became available.
A Master Plan gradually came
into focus. The Laboratory's two hundred employees began to depart from
Oak Brook and occupy "the Village" in late summer of 1968. Preservation
of the land and protection of natural habitats were crucial to these
hearty pioneers. The land was formally transferred from the state of
Illinois on April 10, 1969.