Kent Collins

Kent Collins Kent Collins, head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this column. Fermilab Natural Areas, a not-for-profit group with the mission of conserving and restoring the natural areas on the Fermilab site, sponsored its first paid summer internship in 2008. With more than 1,000 acres of reconstructed prairie and a 40-year history of ecological land stewardship, Fermilab is a wonderful training ground for interns who will become the next generation of environmental conservationists. Emily McGrath, 2014 Robert F….

Kent Collins Kent Collins, acting head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this column. I came to Fermilab in 1990 as the Wilson Hall building manager and have held a number of other positions over the years. I now have the good fortune to lead the experienced and dedicated FESS workforce. We support the laboratory’s divisions, sections and centers by providing basic maintenance for all buildings, as well as managing the site infrastructure. Building managers are responsible for day-to-day…

Kent Collins, deputy head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this column. Kent Collins The Main Ring ponds were built back in the 1970s to provide cooling for the Main Ring and the Tevatron systems. By design, these were 24 distinct 7-foot-deep, 65-foot-wide ponds that used a pumping system to move water from one pond to the next and to indirectly cool equipment at the same time. After 35 years, these ponds have filled in with silt from shore…