Arup wins major project to modernise leading US scientific research facility


Arup has been selected to provide multidisciplinary services for Fermilab’s Utilities Infrastructure Project.

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

The project, which will take place over a phased ten-year programme and will modernise Fermilab’s utilities infrastructure by providing world-class facilities for scientific research and experiments, will make critical upgrades to Fermilab’s Central Utility Building (CUB) and distributed site utility infrastructure enabling Fermilab to further develop its site by continuing to provide a safe campus while maximising the benefits of their facilities.

Joshua Yacknowitz, Arup principal based in Seattle, said: “We’re proud to work once again with Fermilab to continue to raise their campus to new standards of innovation. Being able to help advance the DOE’s initiative to further the nation’s science and discovery programme is incredibly exciting, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to play a role in upgrading Fermilab’s critical utilities and infrastructure.”

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 utilise AI and machine learning as a means for bringing control systems to the next level throughout Fermilab’s facilities.

Gordon Carrie, Arup’s Americas east science, industry and technology leader, commented: “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 modernised and best able to support their important scientific initiatives.”

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, Proton Improvement Plan-II and the Integrated Engineering Research Centre, which all support Fermilab’s pivoted focus on neutrino science.