Fermilab's GDI Site Proposal|
Fermilab is one of several particle physics laboratories to submit
proposals to the
International Linear Collider Steering Committee
for hosting the Central Team of the Global Design Initiative. The ILCSC has
proposed this team to coordinate the first stages of design work in the Asian,
European and American regions.
"The Linear Collider work will be spread around
the world. The Central Team will pull everything together," said Steve Holmes,
Fermilab Associate Director for Accelerators and a member of the
U.S. Linear Collider Steering Committee.
"We have proposed Fermilab as the host because we feel we offer
both the facilities and an environment conducive to preparing the conceptual design
of the International Linear Collider," Holmes said. "Our
Long Range Planning
place the ILC as the highest priority for Fermilab. The siting of the GDI
Central Team would put us in the middle of the mix. We are forming close
connections and have strong support in this endeavor from our neighboring
institutions--Argonne National Lab and the local universities."
Submitted last month, the Fermilab proposal offers a half-floor of space
in Wilson Hall, or one floor of space in the Industrial Center, for use
by the Central Team. Responding to points in the ILCSC Request for Proposals,
Fermilab described the availability of office space, internet access, engineering
and design services, administrative services, ease of travel and cultural amenities
of the metropolitan area.
"We talked about everything we have to offer here--except the weather,"
An issue that could complicate proposals from American laboratories is
the continuing visa backlog for foreign scientists. The criteria for siting
the Central Team include being "easily accessible by the international community
of foreign scientists and engineers."