The future of Fermilab

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone and Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim review the Fermilab site master plan. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Two important events related to the future of Fermilab occurred last week. On Wednesday, Fermilab held a groundbreaking for the building that will house the Muon g-2 experiment. Nearby, an additional building and associated beamline will be built to house, initially, the Mu2e experiment. These two experiments will be located between the former antiproton source—now repurposed to produce muon beams—and the central campus. When completed, this area of the Fermilab site will be referred to colloquially as the muon campus and will join our other areas for neutrino physics, engineering and technical areas, and test beam areas.

We are formulating a broader view of how the Fermilab site should develop over the next several decades as part of a comprehensive master plan for the site. The lab sits on exceptional property, and preserving its beauty requires us to fit buildings, the landscape and the experimental facilities in a harmonious whole that will support a great work environment: the 21st-century laboratory.

The second event, the Future of Fermilab address, took place on Thursday and included a presentation to leaders from our surrounding communities. We are fortunate to have always enjoyed strong support from our neighbors. The laboratory in turn supports the community—not only with jobs and economic activity, but also with our extensive outreach programs to students and families, the use of the site by visitors, and the preservation of the land and buildings that remain from the farms on our site before the laboratory was born.

The Future of Fermilab event was attended by the mayors of Batavia, Geneva, Warrenville and West Chicago, and by representatives from the Naperville and Aurora city councils, the counties of Kane and DuPage, and local educational institutions. We received numerous appreciative comments, many expressing their delight that Fermilab has a strong future program and that, clearly, the lab is here to stay.

View a video of the Future of Fermilab address.