WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Test Capabilities Revitalization Phase 2 (TCR 2) project was recently completed on schedule and $4 million under the original budget. Completion of the project, located at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., ensures NNSA’s continued ability to conduct its nuclear weapons mission with respect to the different capabilities and environmental testing that TCR 2 revitalized. Testing capabilities included in the revitalization were the 10,000-Foot Sled Track, Mechanical Shock, Centrifuge, Aerosciences, and Vibro-Acoustic and Mass Properties.
“The successful completion of the TCR 2 project ensures that critical NNSA mission work can be accomplished,” said NNSA Associate Administrator for Acquisition and Project Management Bob Raines. “The perseverance and teamwork demonstrated by Sandia Corporation and the federal project team were colossally beneficial to the success of the project. Another project completed on time and under budget demonstrates that NNSA is on the right path towards overcoming long-standing and significant contract and project management challenges.”
The revitalization of approximately 26 facilities included four full-scale nonnuclear environmental mechanical testing facilities and one bench-scale testing facility. The TCR 2 project included some new construction and the procurement of capital equipment, providing significant enhancements of capabilities while optimizing operations efficiencies and addressing environmental, safety and health code compliance and energy conservation needs and goals. As a result of sound project management, the project cost was well below the original baseline budget, ultimately saving millions of dollars for other NNSA mission work.
“This successful effort to revitalize major experimental facilities, crucial for the National Stockpile Stewardship Program, is a great example of teaming for success,” said Sandia Vice President for Infrastructure Operations Michael Hazen. “The partnership of the Sandia Nuclear Weapons mission area and Facilities Management, the NNSA Sandia Field Office, and the Offices of Acquisition and Project Management and Defense Programs delivered this critical mission project safely, early and under budget.”
NNSA’s ultimate project management goal is to deliver every project at the original performance baseline – on schedule, within budget, and fully capable of meeting requirements for mission performance, safeguards and security, quality assurance, sustainability, and environmental, safety, and health. Over the past three years, NNSA has delivered its project portfolio 7 percent under budget.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.