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NNSA projects win Secretary’s Achievement Awards for cost savings and efficiency

From left, Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) Site Readiness Federal Project Director Eric Thompson; UPF Federal Project Director Dale Christenson; Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington, WV, Program Manager Sherry Adams; and UPF Construction Manager Lynn Nolan, Bechtel National Inc.

NNSA was presented with two Department of Energy Secretary’s Achievement Awards at a ceremony in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday. The awards, presented by Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, commend NNSA on delivering the Y-12 Nuclear Facility Risk Reduction Project $5.7 million under budget and 11 months ahead of schedule, and completing the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) Site Readiness subproject on time and $20 million under budget.

The projects’ combined savings of more than $25 million demonstrates NNSA’s improved delivery of major projects within approved cost and schedule baselines, said NNSA Associate Administrator for Acquisition and Project Management Bob Raines.

“These two projects are great examples of what NNSA’s project management culture is all about," Raines said. “Our goal is always safe, high-quality, state-of-the-art facilities that provide excellent value to the taxpayer.”

The team was commended for the under-budget and on-time delivery of the first subproject of UPF, which is DOE’s single largest capital investment in Tennessee since World War II and NNSA’s largest-ever construction project. UPF will replace the hub of the nation’s uranium processing operations.

Raines applauded the Y-12 Nuclear Facility Risk Reduction Project Team’s successful completion nearly a year ahead of schedule and $6 million under budget. The project replaced electrical, ventilation, steam, and cooling water systems in two Y-12 production buildings that dated back to the 1940s.

“This team’s success on the Nuclear Facility Risk Reduction Project allows NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs to ensure the continued safety, security, and reliability of our Nation’s nuclear weapon stockpile,” Raines said. “We are proud to have made two of Y-12's primary production facilities safer and extended their operational lives, thus maintaining the nation’s essential uranium processing capability.”

Learn more about the NNSA Administrator’s visit to Y-12 to celebrate the successful completion of the Nuclear Facilities Risk Reduction project, and learn more about NNSA Acquisition and Project Management.


Federal Project Director Anna Beard receives the award from Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall on behalf of NNSA’s Y-12 Nuclear Facility Risk Reduction Project.