Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics, has selected Arup to provide architectural and engineering (AE) services, stormwater management and watershed protection consulting, and advanced systems control consulting for their latest project, the Utilities Infrastructure Project (UIP).

The project will take place over a phased 10-year program and will modernize Fermilab’s utilities infrastructure by providing world-class facilities for scientific research and experiments.

As a part of the DOE Office of Science’s ongoing mission to advance new experiments and research programs that will transform our understanding of the Universe, the UIP will make critical upgrades to Fermilab’s Central Utility Building (CUB) and distributed site utility infrastructure. Through this project, Fermilab will further develop its site by continuing to provide a safe campus while maximizing the benefits of their facilities.

For the first phase of the project, Arup is set to produce the full design for the expanded and refurbished CUB, specifically for its chilled water and heating plant. Following this, Arup will focus on upgrading the remaining campus site utility infrastructure, and will provide stormwater management and watershed protection consulting, as wetlands make up part of Fermilab’s 6,800-acre campus. In conjunction with the futuristic ideals and flexibility of Fermilab, Arup also plans to utilize AI and machine learning as a means for bringing control systems to the next level throughout Fermilab’s facilities.

UIP is a critical project for Fermilab as it provides the laboratory with flexibility and growth for the future. This is particularly important for enabling the development of Fermilab’s Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), Proton Improvement Plan-II (PIP-II) and the Integrated Engineering Research Center (IERC), which all support Fermilab’s pivoted focus on neutrino science.

Upgrading the utilities and infrastructure for a laboratory like Fermilab can pose unique challenges, however, we’re looking forward to developing strategic solutions with Fermilab to ensure their campus is modernized and best able to support their important scientific initiatives.

Gordon Carrie

Americas East Science, Industry & Technology Leader, Arup