Center for Integrated Engineering Research

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

If you attended the all-hands meeting back in February, you may remember the presentation on the Fermilab Campus Master Plan. The plan includes recommendations for consolidating, centralizing and modernizing the Fermilab site, which will help ensure that our infrastructure can efficiently and effectively support the laboratory’s mission now and in the future.

The highest-priority facility in the Master Plan is the Center for Integrated Engineering Research, which will house office space for engineering, technical and project staff and users, as well as laboratory, shop and cleanroom space. The proposed IER, to be located adjacent to Wilson Hall and connected via an elevated walkway called the Collision Hall, would enable Fermilab’s engineering and technical teams to more effectively support users who need access to scientific expertise. It would promote interdisciplinary collaboration and greater efficiency in designing, developing, building, commissioning and operating accelerator and detector facilities for particle physics.

Together, Wilson Hall, the IER and a proposed nearby guest house or hostel will create an “eat-sleep-work to drive discovery” atmosphere planned for what will become a highly international laboratory community, complete with international investment. This new physical and intellectual hub will be essential for successfully executing a scientific program that aligns with the recommendations of the P5 report, about which we will learn more next week.

A requirements task force that includes members from the Accelerator Division, Particle Physics Division and Scientific Computing Division was assembled in February to interview stakeholders and develop requirements for the IER facility. The task force has developed a draft proposal that identifies engineering and technical teams that would benefit from a collaborative, modernized work environment. As part of this work, the task force also identified outdated laboratory space and obsolete facilities that would be replaced by the new IER facility.

The next step will be to present the IER proposal to the DOE Office of Science as part of the Annual Laboratory Plan and Campus Strategy briefing, which is scheduled for June 10.

DOE is looking for opportunities to remove or replace functionally obsolete facilities that are no longer cost-effective to renovate or operate. IER will achieve all of this, leading to a new scientific user support facility at Fermilab, one that is needed for future research and development of accelerator and detector technology.