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Very dynamic trade fair presentation: FAIR draws positive balance after Expo Real


Dynamic developments and lots of news concerning the construction status of the unique particle accelerator facility FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) sparked considerable interest at the international real estate trade fair Expo Real in Munich. Over a period of three days at Expo Real, FAIR provided an in-depth presentation of the construction planning and the next development steps of the mammoth building project. This year, the focus was primarily on the technical building equipment and the next construction tasks.

Following the trade fair, Jörg Blaurock, the Technical Managing Director of FAIR GmbH and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, expressed his satisfaction with the event’s positive results. “We continued to very successfully showcase FAIR as an attractive construction project and to present our detailed, market-oriented contracting plans for the various services needed for the FAIR project,” he said. At Expo Real, FAIR also presented the underlying project organization, especially that of the construction unit, which has increased its workforce.

Trade fair visitors and potential contractors were able to gain comprehensive information about the FAIR construction project and the opportunities for participating in it. Questions about the latest developments and the next steps were answered in detail. The numerous one-on-one discussions and in-depth talks at the trade fair stand once again showed that such a scientific megaproject is extremely attractive for a construction company’s portfolio, said Blaurock. “We were able to conduct important talks in a very focused manner and promote our strategy,” he added. “Many companies were impressed by the project’s dynamism. The market continues to be greatly interested in realizing the project, and we have made many valuable contacts with experts.”

Because many decision-makers and important players from the construction sector were present, the trade fair provided an outstanding platform on which FAIR could describe the huge progress that has been made in recent months and actively present the next steps in awarding further contracts to the construction industry. The construction of the 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 was an important step for the project. The gigantic FAIR construction project is progressing as planned, with work being carried out on drainage, excavation, and shoring measures.

In the next phases of the ongoing construction activities, numerous separate systems will be integrated with one another. One of the biggest measures and the current focus of the activities is the technical building equipment, which includes heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and power supply. FAIR will begin to call for bids for the technical building equipment in the summer of 2018. The contracts will be awarded in 2019. The complex construction project is divided into contracting units that are appropriate for the market. As a result, the presentation of the new Project Director FAIR Site & Buildings Michael Ossendorf at a special Expo Real event could not have come at a better time, especially given that Ossendorf’s focus is on the technical building equipment.

FAIR’s partnership with Darmstadt as a science city once again paid off this year with regard to trade fairs. More specifically, the FAIR project had its own presentation at the Darmstadt stand, which was featured as part of the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan area. The Expo Real trade fair attracts around 40,000 visitors each year and is one of Europe’s most important get-togethers for the real estate, construction, and location marketing sectors.

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.

FAIR at Expo Real.
FAIR at Expo Real.
Progress on site.
Progress on site.
Well visited: The FAIR projekt was presented at the booth of the City of Darmstadt, which in turn was part of the metropolitan region Frankfurt/Rhine-Main.
„Megaprojekt in der Realisierung - Der Forschungsbeschleuniger FAIR" was the title of the FAIR event in the metropolitan arena of Expo Real. Jörg Blaurock, Technical Managing Director of FAIR und GSI (center of picture), together with Thomas Burkhard, Project Director (ad interim) FAIR Site and Buildings (left), and moderator Klaus Ringsleben, Chair of the FAIR Building Advisory Committee (right), provided information on current developments and next steps.
The excavation pit for the FAIR ring accelerator tunnel is already a good three metres deep. Supporting walls on the sides ensure that the soil does not slip.
Excavation and shoring work for the FAIR accelerator centre are progressing, in the photo the view to the southwest with the existing GSI facility, which will be connected to FAIR in the future.
Photo: I. Peter/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Photo: I. Peter/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung