Randy Ortgiesen

We have come a long way in realizing what we only dreamed of 15 years ago: a SMART laboratory to help facility engineers and building managers improve operations in their buildings and utility systems.

Randy Ortgiesen Randy Ortgiesen, head of OCSR, wrote this column. At Fermilab we have begun the process of building bridges connecting our present with our future, a future laid out in our Campus Master Plan. This was recently evident in the demolition of the CDF and DZero trailer complexes, a first step in our transition. While removal of these trailers was necessary to mitigate what was becoming a high-maintenance area because of increased deterioration of these “temporary facilities,” it comes…

Randy Ortgiesen Randy Ortgiesen, head of OCSR, wrote this column. As Fermilab and the Department of Energy continue to aggressively “make ready the laboratory” for implementing P5’s recommendations, I can’t help reflecting on all that has recently been accomplished to support the lab’s future — both less visible projects and the big stuff. As we continue to build on these accomplishments, it’s worth noting their breadth and how much headway we’ve made. The development of the Muon Campus is proceeding…

Randy Ortgiesen In one form or another, most lab personnel have heard of the Fermilab Campus Master Plan. It proposes to consolidate similar functions, centralize geographically disperse facilities and modernize buildings and infrastructure to operate more efficiently. The original master plan was completed in July 2013 to prepare for the laboratory’s long-term future as America’s particle physics laboratory. Not known at the time of the master plan’s development was that the DOE Laboratory Operations Board would soon assess the campus…

Randy Ortgiesen Most people, including myself, often take for granted that electricity will be available every time we flip a switch to turn on a light, make a pot of coffee or power up thousands of components to operate Fermilab’s accelerators and detectors. The complex production and delivery of electricity begins with the spinning of a generator, which can be powered from many different fuel sources. This creates the movement of electrons by stepping up and down the voltages for…

Associate Director for Operations Support Randy Ortgiesen With many good topics to write about, I began earlier this month to draft today’s column in my mind. The column highlighted the great progress on the muon campus; the WDRS annual meeting I recently attended to hear a review of FY13 successes and FY14 plans; the lab’s efforts to create a new lab agenda to help guide and communicate our objectives; funding for our first Science Laboratory Infrastructure utility upgrade project to…

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…

Randy Ortgiesen Randy Ortgiesen, head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this column. I am pleased to announce that the laboratory has for the first time appointed a campus architect for the Fermilab site. This role is perhaps better known across the country on large university campuses, but it is just as important on our 6,800-acre Fermilab campus as we continue preparations for the future. Gary Van Zandbergen, an architect in the Facilities Engineering Services Section, received and accepted…

Randy Ortgiesen Randy Ortgiesen, head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this column. The laboratory is once again supporting a DOE Energy Savings Performance Contract and has completed participation in the field work for the first phase, called a Preliminary Assessment. An ESPC is a vehicle through which a competitively selected energy services company (ESCo) provides an assessment of energy savings opportunities in various building and utility systems. The ESPC provides funding to take advantage of selected opportunities for…

Randy Ortgiesen, head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this column. Randy Ortgiesen The proposed FY13 budget and its Congressional mark-ups include line-item funding for important utility upgrades at Fermilab as part of the Science Laboratory Infrastructure program. The upgrades will help improve the reliability of our site’s high-voltage electrical and industrial cooling water systems. Project Engineering and Design funds are proposed for FY13 with construction immediately to follow in FY14, with a total project cost of $36 million….