US Army Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research and Development Center


CERL 50 - Open House Tours

Thursday, August 29th from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM


Tours include an overview of CERL and a walking tour of facilities including the 3D Concrete Printer and Triaxial Earthquake and Shock Simulator. 

  • Tours last approximately one hour. 
  • Please bring a form of identification, preferably a Government issued ID.
  • No pets are allowed except for service animals accompanying persons with a disability.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q - Will my tour take place if the weather is bad?

A - We will be in contact with you leading up to the tour time if we need to cancel a tour due to weather.  If it is raining but there is no lightning, the tour will take place unless you choose to cancel.

Q - How long will my tour last?

A - We will try to limit tours to one hour.

Q - What should I expect from my tour?

A - There will be four tour stops during the course of the walking tour.  You can expect to see experimental facilities and technologies that have been developed at our research laboratory.  Tour guides and research personnel will give overviews of these facilities and technologies and answer any questions.  

Q -Where should I park?

A - The tour will begin in the Shaffer Building, which is where the Visitor’s entrance is.  The street address for CERL is 2902 Newmark Drive, Champaign IL 61822.  The Visitor’s entrance is at the intersection of Interstate Drive and Newmark Drive (southwest side of the complex).  There is parking outside of the visitor’s entrance that you will be able to access.  Simply park, go to the guard house, press the button on the speaker by the gate and tell them you are here for a lab tour, and they will buzz the gate to let you in.  Once inside there will be tour guides who will check you in.

Q - Can I bring friends and/or family?

A - You are more than welcome to bring friends and family.  We ask that you carpool to the maximum extent possible as parking is limited.  No pets are allowed except for service animals accompanying persons with a disability.

Q - Do you have accommodations available for those who may need them?

A - Yes! All of the tour stops are handicap accessible.

Q - Are there restrictions on what I can bring to the tour?

A - Yes.  Please be aware that CERL is operated as a Federal facility and as such any item prohibited by any applicable Federal, State, local, and tribal law and/or ordinance, as well as firearms, dangerous weapons, explosives, or other destructive devices are prohibited in our facility.  As stated previously, no photography is allowed inside the complex during the tours.




CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The U.S. Army Construction Engineering Laboratory will offer an Open House for the public August 29, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CDST) to help commemorate 50 years of service to the Nation.
The U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory is one of seven labs that make up the Engineer Research and Development Center. CERL researchers work in collaboration with other ERDC labs and with partners in government, industry and academia to develop technologies for the Army’s current and future force while also benefiting the private and public sectors where no similar applications and capabilities exist.


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Driving directions

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