International Research Center For More Than 3,000 Scientists under Construction

One of the largest construction projects in the world for scientific purposes will be built in Darmstadt, Germany, by 2025. It is named FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research). Over 3,000 researchers from more than 50 countries will use the accelerator facility for research about the universe. Drees & Sommer is providing project management and Lean Construction Management (LCM) services to FAIR GmbH, an international countries-and-researchers community established specifically for this purpose.

600,000 Cubic Meters of Concrete and 65,000 Tons of Steel

The close co-ordination of structural and civil engineering, technical building installations and science is particularly important. Drees & Sommer provides support for the construction of the accelerator complex as project manager. Together with FAIR Site & Buildings, it also acts as developer.The team also includes Lean Construction Management experts. The construction of the research center is adapted to the complex technological requirements and is sub-divided into several modules. A start was made in July 2017 with the excavation and removal of two million cubic meters of earth, with the carcass work beginning in April of this year. 600,000 cubic meters of concrete and 65,000 tons of steel will be used. The facility is scheduled to be fully operational by 2025.

Closing Gaps in the Interrelationships between Matter and the Universe

The GSI site provides 20 hectares of land, which is sufficient space for the complex technical infrastructure required by FAIR. This includes 24 buildings and a ring accelerator with a circumference of 1.1 kilometers, up to 17 meters under the ground – the heart of the facility. Researchers intend to use it to bring electrically charged particles (anti-protons and ions) close to the speed of light and observe their impact on samples of material.