NNSA restores, rebuilds, and revitalizes the physical infrastructure of the nuclear weapons complex to ensure the vitality and readiness of the NNSA's nuclear security enterprise. Mission execution is built upon management of the Facilities and Infrastructure Recapitalization Program (FIRP) that includes reduction of the maintenance backlog of old facilities, reduction of excess facilities and utility construction. The core of this work is the institutionalization of professional and accountable, corporate facilities management policies, processes, guidance, and activities throughout NNSA.
Facilities & Infrastructure Recapitalization Program
NNSA's Facilities and Infrastructure Recapitalization Program (FIRP) is a capital renewal and sustainability program that was established principally to reduce the large backlog of deferred maintenance that had developed during the 1990's to an appropriate level consistent with industry best practices. FIRP is composed of recapitalization, disposition (elimination of excess real property), and infrastructure planning and line item construction sub-programs.
Within FIRP, NNSA, through a unique, corporate approach, addresses roof systems across the nuclear weapons complex. The Roof Asset Management Program (RAMP) provides a process for treating (repair or replace) roofs across the complex. The RAMP is discussed in more detail in the Corporate Facilities Management section below.
Corporate Facilities Management
NNSA's facilities must be managed effectively to achieve the right size and the right condition at the right cost to satisfy mission objectives. NNSA's Corporate Facilities Management program promotes the improved corporate management of NNSA's assets and disposition of unneeded real property. The program provides the subject matter expertise to address real property asset management stewardship and policy for all related activities.
NNSA is in the process of retiring old, Cold War-era structures. The objective is to develop and apply an integrated and prioritized inventory of excess facilities and infrastructure projects by focusing on the sale, transfer, or demolition of excess facilities. Currently, the NNSA footprint covers over 35 million square feet. Complex Transformation is targeting a reduction to something less than 26 million square feet. NNSA will eliminate over 5 million square feet of the reduction by FY 2017 and will use the performance measure of reducing the total square feet, while improving management of the NNSA facilities and infrastructure portfolio and reducing long-term costs and risks. These efforts will support the foundation for a smaller nuclear weapons complex.
Roof Asset Management Program
RAMP is a unique, corporate approach to management of roofs across the nuclear weapons complex. By treating roofs at multiple sites as an aggregate portfolio and earmarking a reliable funding stream, this program can attract the technical expertise of "best of class" national roofing consultants and contractors, achieve consistency in condition assessments, and economies of scale in roof repairs and replacements. The RAMP program has directed resources to the most compelling roofing deficiencies of the complex, documented significant savings, and enhanced the value added to the facilities portfolio through optimal repairs. Most recently, RAMP executed successfully the timely assessment and repair of major storm damages at the Pantex Plant. Shared lessons learned have improved performance at all participating sites in safety, scheduling, and overhead reductions. Due to the effectiveness of this partnership between Headquarters, the site offices, and M&Os, the program has renewed the contract with a nationally recognized integrating contractor and committed $10 million per year to RAMP for the remainder of the FIRP program.