The new Office Technical and Education Building (OTE) is the central facility in the new Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC) at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. IARC’s purpose is to bring together private industry with Fermilab’s world leaders in accelerator science and technology to promote new growth in the industrialization of accelerator use.
The IARC consists of two (2) main elements: the new 47,000-square-foot Office, Technical, and Educational building and the existing heavy assembly Collider Detector Facility (CDF). During design, goals for the new facility included the creation of a high-profile incubator center that respects the historic Fermilab design theme while making an iconic dramatic statement toward the future. The highly flexible, new building seeks to attract private industry partners to work with Fermilab researchers and scientists to develop new ideas and technologies, with a state-of-the-art facility including offices and technical, education, and research capabilities.
The building accommodates rotating tenants through the use of demountable partitions with a raised access floor system and underfloor air distribution.
The light technical laboratory space has been developed to accommodate one large project or three (3) smaller ventures and is located adjacent to the CDF high bay so experiments can move to larger spaces as needed. The IARC’s educational facilities include a state-of-the art, 175-seat lecture hall to hold domestic and international seminars and conferences.
The new facility is a registered LEED project that is designed to achieve Gold certification. Passive sustainable design features are the building’s long east-west orientation and the narrow bay width. These strategies maximize views and day lighting while minimizing the solar gain during the day. The building also has a second floor lunchroom with spectacular views of the prairie and Wilson Hall, and includes a vegetative roof with an outdoor seating area.