About CERL

About CERL

The Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) is ERDC’s premier center for developing technologies that provide high-quality facilities and realistic training lands to the Department of Defense (DoD). For more than 50 years, we’ve supported the Army’s ability to design, build, operate, and maintain its installations and contingency bases.

Co-located with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois, and with facilities across the country, we’re a multidisciplinary team of more than 300 engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel working together to take groundbreaking research projects from start to finish. From 3D printing concrete buildings to creating energy and water plans for installations to developing robotics for engineering operations, we’re committed to providing the critical assets that installations need to execute their military mission.

To provide these assets, we work with other ERDC laboratories and partners in government, academia, and industry. Find out how to join our team.


Dr. Andrew Nelson, Director, CERL

Information Sheet

CERL One-Page Information Sheet


Infrastructure Science & Engineering

  • Energy & Power
    • Building Energy Systems
    • Energy Analysis & Planning
    • Power & Energy
    • Water Use Security
  • Installation Readiness
    • Advance Compliance
    • Installation Analytics
    • Installation Facility Planning
    • Standards & Systems
  • Materials & Structures
    • Innovative Materials
    • Structural Behavior
    • Synthetic Bio
  • Sustainment Management System Technical Center of Expertise (SMS-TCX)

Operational Science & Engineering

  • Emergency & Operational Support
    • Human Domain
    • Operational Energy
    • Operational Water
  • Training Lands & Heritage
    • Cultural Resources
    • Military Noise
    • Training Land Sustainment
    • Threatened & Endangered Species
  • Warfighter Engineering
    • Additive Construction
    • Contingency Basing
    • Engineer Robotics



U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research & Development Center
Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
P.O. Box 9005
2902 Newmark Dr.
Champaign, IL 61826-9005