LBNF is already building on the strong progress made last year on Far Site preparations, poised to complete a number of tasks before major excavation at SURF can begin in 2018.
Of particular importance is the procurement of a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC). Work began almost nine months ago to draft a Request For Proposal and to revise the Fermilab standard construction contract terms and conditions to support this procurement. This work is nearly complete, and LBNF and Fermilab expect to begin the procurement process in the next few months.
The team is also advancing the final design of so-called “pre-excavation” elements of work, including a system to move excavated rock from the top of the Ross Shaft to a location where it will be deposited, currently planned to be the Open Cut.
On another front, Far Site Conventional Facilities (FSCF) is working very closely with its South Dakota partners to plan, design, and execute several projects aimed at increasing the reliability of the existing infrastructure at SURF needed to support the excavations. The largest of these, the Ross Shaft refurbishment, is two-thirds complete. In addition, FSCF will expand the capacity of the refuge chamber at the 4850L and replace the Oro Hondo fan, the primary vehicle for exhausting air from the underground spaces.
“I’m proud of our Conventional Facilities team and our great progress in advancing the Far Site facility designs this past year,” said Mike Headley. “We’re making great strides towards adding a CM/GC to the team, and our SDSTA (South Dakota Science and Technology Authority) partner is on track to complete the Ross Shaft for LBNF construction.”