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Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Batavia, IL

Urbahn designed this 16-story headquarters/laboratory building that houses the 400 billion electron-volt proton accelerator, the country’s largest and most powerful atom collider.

The National Accelerator Laboratory (NAL) continues to attract university researchers from around the world. The facility is an A-shaped tower comprised of two separate buildings linked together by a series of internal walkways. Each building rises from a separate 51’ x 213’ base resting on caissons driven 70 feet into bedrock.

The 80 foot high “A” shaped windows frame the end facades emitting light into a lushly landscaped interior garden measuring 81 feet in width at ground level. The 420,000 square feet of floor space contains laboratories for high energy experiments, research library, computer center, film processing laboratory, cafeteria, 1,000-seat auditorium, and administrative areas.

The project received the American Society of Engineers Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award of Merit.