FAIR Control Center time capsule installed


The FAIR Control Center (FCC) time capsule was moved to its final location concreted into the foundation of the future Main Control Room (MCR). Inside are the building plans, the notice of approval, an excerpt from the Hessian budget, an article about the war of aggression of Russia with a peace dove attached, a pennant of the city of Darmstadt, several historical photos, and an issue of a daily newspaper from the day of the symbolic laying of the foundation stone. The documents about the building and things typical of the time are thus preserved and documented for future generations.

The symbolic laying of the foundation stone took place on March 29, 2022 with high representatives from politics, science and the building industry. Among others, the Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark-Watzinger, the Hessian Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts Angela Dorn, the Hessian Minister of Finance Michael Boddenberg, and the Lord Mayor of the Science City of Darmstadt Jochen Partsch took part in the ceremony. 

In the meantime, the structural work continues to take shape. The foundations of the MCR have been completed, the floor slab has been concreted and work on the basement ceiling has been finalized. The walls on the ground floor, where meeting rooms and offices for accelerator operations will be located in the future, have largely been built. Parallel to the structural work, the elevator system was commissioned. Upcoming tenders for roof sealing and metal construction work as well as for technical building equipment are currently being prepared and will be awarded in the near future.

When completed, the FAIR Control Center will be a crucial hub for the entire infrastructure on the GSI/FAIR campus. In the future, all accelerators of the GSI/FAIR facilities will be controlled from there. In addition to the MCR, the building will house around 200 office workstations, meeting rooms and a visitors' gallery. After its completion, the five-story building with a partial basement will have a total gross floor area of around 6000 square meters. (JL)