The plan for a promising future

Randy Ortgiesen

Randy Ortgiesen, head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this column.

I am very pleased to report that the laboratory has just completed the Fermilab Campus Master Plan, which integrates the new Intensity Frontier vision with a sound strategy for infrastructure and facility investment, including modernization, consolidation and revitalization.

On July 1, Pier Oddone, Young-Kee Kim and Mike Weis gathered to sign the Master Plan, which culminated a nine-month effort led by Fermilab campus architect Gary Van Zandbergen. The laboratory Master Planning Task Force, which included expert consultation from the University of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology and others, was an integral part of the planning process as well.

The plan is intended to be both aspirational and inspirational. In addition to confirming the locations chosen for future experiments such as LBNE, Project X, Mu2e and Muon g-2, the plan outlines how to preserve the lab’s unique character; ensure that new facilities support cutting-edge research; encourage a sense of community; ensure environmental stewardship, sustainable design, safety and accessibility; and maintain a welcoming site for visitors. Most significantly, the plan identifies the value of a new Integrated Engineering Research Building connecting to Wilson Hall through a walking bridge—complete with a new experimental control room, conference center and meeting rooms. In the Industrial Area, new high-bay and consolidated machine shop buildings are proposed. These new facilities will allow for dramatically improved efficiencies by consolidating operations and demolishing many existing buildings and trailers that are functionally obsolete and geographically dispersed.

The Master Plan provides a holistic and integrated framework for future development of the major regions of the Fermilab site. The plan proposes major project needs through 2033 to effectively support future science regardless of the experiments constructed. High-level sponsorship is critical; now Fermilab has a plan that can be used as a point of dialogue with sponsors and stakeholders. In the near term, the next steps identified in the plan will ensure that site changes and upgrades are compatible with the lab’s vision statement: to inspire the world and enable its scientists to solve the mysteries of matter, energy, space and time for the benefit of all.

DOE Fermi Site Office Manager Mike Weis, outgoing Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim and outgoing Director Pier Oddone smile and shake hands after officially endorsing the Fermilab Campus Master Plan on July 1. Photo: Reidar Hahn