In a move that promises significant savings for Office of Science, the Department of Energy has instructed DOE officials
traveling to Fermilab for business that involves overnight stays to
pitch tents on the Fermilab site.
"There's plenty of room at Fermilab," said Office of Science Director
Dr. Raymond S. Orbach. "We might as well take advantage of it.
Robin Staffin, director of the Office of High Energy Physics,
successfully piloted the Fermilab Tenting Initiative (FTI) last spring, and I
have decided to make it official policy. If it continues to work
well at Fermilab, I may extend the FTI to other sites."
DOE's Dan Lehman welcomed the move.
"This should significantly reduce the cost of Fermilab
reviews," Lehman told Fermilab Today. He dismissed concerns about
the effects of sub-freezing temperatures, mosquitoes and tornadoes
on DOE staff. "They can take it,"
Lehman said. "If they can sit through a Fermilab review, a
few mosquitoes aren't going to bother them. If we
realize sufficient savings from Camp Tevatron,
we may actually be able to schedule more
reviews at Fermilab each year."
Staff members of Fermilab's Roads and Grounds Department report
that they have already begun receiving reservation requests for
camp sites at the laboratory.
"They're going fast," said Fermilab's Mike Becker. "I would
advise people to reserve early for some of the better areas."