Encouraging Scientific Discovery in Style

The new 3-story Office, Technical, and Education (OTE) building for the Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC) is a 47,000 square foot facility that Fermilab intends to use as a location to teach the community about science.

The facility’s unique design and site angling was intended to connect the new IARC facility to the existing Colider Detector Facility (CDF); siting these two buildings next to each other makes it easier to conduct particle physics research and experiments. The IARC facility features a main lobby, a large tiered lecture hall, conference rooms, tenant build-out spaces, open office spaces, and a noteworthy two-story lunchroom. The outdoor roof patio, located adjacent to the lunchroom and the North green roof, serves as a space for Fermilab personnel to meet with coworkers, eat lunch, or just take a break. Whether it’s during the day or at night, the lunchroom is everyone’s favorite space to enjoy impressive panoramic views of the vast campus.

Unique features of this project include the construction of a green roof, the use of native plantings around the site and extensive geothermal systems; these are just some of the sustainable elements that were included to pursue LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council – the first project on Fermilab’s campus to achieve LEED certification.

The main lecture hall in the IARC building provides Fermilab with the ideal space to host world-renowned scientists for training and speaking engagements. And the tenant build out spaces are available for visiting companies, or scientists, to conduct research and experiments. Each year, approximately 20,000 K-12 students participate in science education programs and tours at Fermilab, and more than 1,000 teachers receive training from experts in the field from Fermilab. Additionally, over 2,000 physicists travel from around the world to conduct experiments at Fermilab annually. This new research space will enable that number to expand and could lead to future scientific discoveries. The new Illinois Accelerator Research Center is an exceptional building that makes Fermilab’s goal of educating the local community and the “science world” a reality.