"If the tokamak is the heart of the ITER worksite, then the control building is the brain," says Paul Stewart, a civil engineer in the Building & Civil Works Section. Inside of the main Control Building, which is a non-nuclear structure directly accessible from ITER Headquarters, experts will operate the machine from the control room, and a server room will store data for future reference. But the control building will also serve as a primary workspace for these experts, and this is where the non-nuclear distinction becomes necessary.
In the lower left corner of the image, a bridge leads from Headquarters to the non-nuclear Control Building, where scientists, engineers and operators will follow every pulse. A smaller building will be erected at a later date according to nuclear standards as an emergency fallback.
The principal contractor and supplier for this project is Demathieu Bard Construction (DBC), through a contract with the European Domestic Agency, Fusion for Energy. As part of this contract, DBC will also work on the buildings housing the
The building superstructure is made of four independent concrete blocks, separated by structural joints, and a network of steel reinforcement. It should be completed by summer 2022.