Kent Collins, deputy head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this column.
Chicago weather is often said to have two seasons – winter and construction. This year, we didn't experience a harsh winter and, for the most part, construction work continued. As spring approaches, there are several new projects starting that will affect us as we commute to and from work.
The road reconstruction, utility relocation and repair and the parking lot project between the Industrial Buildings and the CDF area are almost complete. The construction contract for the Illinois Accelerator Research Center's Office, Technology and Education Building (IARC OTE) is out for bid now, with construction starting this spring and finishing in late October of 2013.
Road D will remain open during the OTE Building construction, but there may be occasional short-term traffic interruptions as equipment and materials are moved to the construction site.
Realignment and paving of the main intersection of Pine Street and Roads A1/A2 at the north end of the Wilson Hall reflecting ponds is scheduled to start in late April. Road D will be repaved from the intersection to FCC, and there will be several phases that will reroute traffic around the area for weeks at a time. Watch for announcements in Fermilab Today as each phase approaches.
The Wilson Hall safety improvements project will continue through summer, with the West stairway closed until summer. The East stairway will be closed during the summer and opened in the fall .
At the end of summer, FESS will be repaving a substantial section of Batavia Road east of Eola Road. By paving one lane at a time, the Roads and Grounds group will be able to accomplish this project with minimal traffic delays.
Construction of the deep underground NOvA Near Detector Hall, scheduled for this summer, will require trucking excavated material from the Service Building area to the south end of Kautz Road.
Please watch for announcements in Fermilab Today for more information about each construction project.