IERC team completes steel structure for new building

On Monday, April 12, several members of the Integrated Engineering Research Center project team took part in a small, socially distanced outdoor event with the IERC general contractor, Mortenson, to mark a significant milestone: completion of the steel structure for the building. Team members signed their names on the last steel beam that will be placed. Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer toured the construction site and added his signature to those of the team. Over the next few days, other team members will also sign the ceremonial beam before it is set into place.

Construction of the IERC building started late in 2020 after Fermilab received approval from the Department of Energy. The site preparation phase to relocate underground utilities was completed safely and successfully earlier this year.

Work is on schedule and the building is expected to be completed in October 2022.

IERC is a high-priority infrastructure project that will provide world-class modernized facilities and infrastructure to house some of Fermilab’s highest-priority R&D projects as well as the assembly and testing of cutting-edge detectors based on that R&D.  IERC will be home to liquid-argon near detector development and testing for LBNF/DUNE, detector testing and production for our cosmic-microwave program and dark-matter detection program, gas-phase argon detector R&D and extensive electronics development. The $86 million project is funded by the Office of Science’s Science Laboratories Infrastructure program, whose mission is to support scientific and technological innovation at DOE laboratories by funding infrastructure improvements.

IERC will be Fermilab’s largest purpose-built laboratory and office building since Wilson Hall was completed in 1974. The building will integrate engineering resources currently scattered across the laboratory and provide state-of-the-art facilities that will enable the design and construction of high-performance particle physics detectors.

Brian Rubik is the IERC project manager.