BATAVIA, IL – Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has completed its new Integrated Engineering Research Center and PIP-II cryoplant building, which will house the first particle accelerator in the United States. The facility will serve as the heart of Fermilab’s accelerator complex, supporting a diverse physics program for decades to come.
Governor JB Pritzker attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the milestone, emphasizing Illinois’ commitment to innovation and research. The state has invested in numerous scientific initiatives, including $500 million for the Discovery Partners Institute, $200 million for the Chicago Quantum Exchange, and $25 million for the Chan Zuckerberg biomedical hub in Chicago.
The PIP-II cryoplant building will support the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, a collaboration with scientists from around the world. It will also offer capacity for a variety of physics programs.
Fermilab is a world-renowned laboratory recognized for its work in particle physics and neutrino research. The new center brings together engineers, scientists, and technicians to tackle technical challenges in the field. It marks another significant milestone in Illinois’ growth as a technology hub.
Deputy Secretary Turk of the U.S. Department of Defense visited Fermilab to celebrate the breakthrough in several projects. Turk emphasized that the National Lab’s research ranges from curing diseases to surveying the universe and that these milestone projects will help chart the future of particle physics research.
Fermilab’s new facility represents a significant investment in research and development in Illinois, underscoring the state’s commitment to science, innovation, and economic growth.
Governor Pritzker noted that the state’s partnerships, innovation hubs, and research programs will fuel the next generation of economic vitality for communities across Illinois and the world.
The new facility marks an exciting chapter in particle physics research, and Illinois is poised to lead the way in scientific advancements for years to come.