From the Daily Herald, Dec. 5, 2022: Senator Dick Durbin introduced legislation to rename Fermilab’s Integrated Engineering Research Center after the late Helen Edwards, the particle physicist who worked at Fermilab for 40 years. The legislation is supported by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, who knew Edwards, and by U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

On Oct. 31, the IERC project achieved authorization for use and possession for the newly constructed building. This significant milestone, also known as substantial completion, allows for some access of the building for Fermilab groups to begin the transition to operations process. This also means that the vast majority of construction is complete, to the point that the building systems are operational and are in process of being commissioned. Construction is expected to continue through the end of 2022, including paving,…

Night lights

A spectacular view of the nighttime lights of IERC reaching out to Wilson Hall.

The sun shines brightly off of IERC and WIlson Hall at dawn. The architect’s design concept for the roof of IERC to mimic the shape of Wilson Hall (rotated 90 degrees) is evident in the pond’s reflection.