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The FAIR presentation at Expo Real: Next steps in the construction


Lots of news about the construction status of the future particle accelerator center FAIR will be presented at the renowned international real estate trade fair Expo Real in Munich. FAIR is a unique facility that is currently being built at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt. After the successful premiere presentation of the FAIR project last year, which attracted great interest, the focus at Expo Real will mainly be on the technical building equipment and other construction work. Expo Real will be held from October 4 to 6, 2017.

The research center construction project is extraordinary in both scientific and technical terms. It requires customized solutions in many areas and is continually growing. In Munich, trade fair visitors and potential contractors will be able to gain comprehensive information about the FAIR construction project and the opportunities for participating in it. The FAIR project will be presented at the stand that showcases the “science city” Darmstadt (stand number C1 331). In addition, the Technical Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, Jörg Blaurock, will report on current developments and the next steps of the project at the FAIR event beginning at 1:45 p.m. on October 4 in the Metropolarena at Expo Real. The title will be “A Megaproject under Construction — the FAIR Particle Accelerator Research Facility at Darmstadt.”

In the next phases of the ongoing construction activities, numerous separate systems will be integrated with one another. Building construction, civil engineering, accelerator development and construction, and scientific experiments are closely coordinated with one another in an integrated overall plan. The complex construction project is divided into manageable contract award packages. One of the biggest areas is the technical building equipment, which includes heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and power supply. The total amount of the contract award packages for the technical building equipment lies in the nine-digit range. These contracts are also divided into contract award units that are appropriate for the market. The contract awarding calendar for this package, from the call for tenders to the contract award, will last from summer 2018 until summer 2019. In addition, plans call for the contract for the shell construction on the North building site to be awarded in the last quarter of 2017. This is in line with the detailed contract awarding plan for FAIR. One year later, in the fourth quarter of 2018, it will be followed by the shell construction on the South building site. The contracts for construction logistics, crane systems, and lifts will be awarded by spring 2018.

The construction of the unique FAIR particle accelerator facility at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt began a few weeks ago. The groundbreaking ceremony for the FAIR ring accelerator SIS 100, which attracted great media interest all over Germany, was an important step for the project. It marked the start of the building construction and civil engineering work. A further milestone for the construction activities is the ongoing work to connect the existing accelerator systems of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum to the new international FAIR center.

FAIR at the Expo Real

International Trade Fair for Property and Investment, October 4 - 6, 2017, Munich

FAIR Stand No.: C1 331

FAIR event (in German):  Metropolarena, Stand No.: C1 334
Wednesday, 4. Oktober 2017, 13.45-14.15 Uhr
„Megaprojekt in der Realisierung – Der Forschungsbeschleuniger FAIR in Darmstadt“

Jörg Blaurock, Technischer Geschäftsführer FAIR und GSI
Thomas Burkhard, Project Director (ad interim) FAIR Site and Buildings
Moderation: Klaus Ringsleben, Chair FAIR Building Advisory Committee

About FAIR

FAIR will be one of the largest and most complex accelerator facilities in the world. The centerpiece of the facility is a ring accelerator with a circumference of 1,100 meters. Engineers and scientists are working in international partnership to advance new technological developments in a number of areas, – such as information technology and superconductor technology. Around 3,000 scientists from all over the world will be able to conduct top-level research at FAIR. Their outstanding experiments will generate new fundamental insights into the structure of matter and the evolution of the universe. Alongside Germany, FAIR's shareholders are the countries Finland, France, India, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, and Slovenia. The United Kingdom is an associated partner.

Aerial view of the FAIR construction site.
Aerial view of the FAIR construction site.
FAIR Facility.
Top left corner: the existing GSI facility; top right corner: the future SIS100 ring accelerator; in the middle: construction roads and the free area where the experiment halls will be built.
The existing GSI accelerator facilities (right) will be connected to the new SIS100 ring and serve as pre-accelerators after FAIR is completed.
Graphics of the existing GSI facility (left) and the future FAIR facility.
Photo: Till Middelhauve forFAIR
Photo: Till Middelhauve für FAIR
Graphics: ion42