Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman, center, presents the Secretary's Achievement Award to Oak Ridge Project Manager David Queen and Oak Ridge EM Deputy Manager Sue Cange for their work in Oak Ridge's K-33 Gaseous Diffusion Process Building Project.
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman, right, presents the Secretary's Achievement Award to Richard Craun, representing the Idaho Operations Office.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Every year, DOE honors employees who streamline operations and avoid costs for U.S. taxpayers.
Employees who worked on two significant EM projects at the Idaho and Oak Ridge sites did just that, completing their work months ahead of schedule and saving hundreds of millions of dollars. And for that, they have received the Secretary’s Achievement Award.
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman presented the awards to team members from those projects this week at EM’s Contract and Project Management Workshop in Washington, D.C.
Poneman said being candid about challenges is just as important as being clear and forthright about successes.
“We are dealing with some of the most complex project management challenges in the world, so it is very important to recognize those who have risen to meet these challenges successfully,” he said.
The award honors individuals and teams that produce significant results in completing projects within cost and schedule. They demonstrate cooperation and teamwork in attaining their goals and support DOE’s mission by exhibiting a commitment to excellence in management and operations.
The EM recipients of the award are:
- K-33 Gaseous Diffusion Process Building Project at the Oak Ridge site: Using state-of-the-art technology, workers demolished the K-33 building five months early and nearly $8 million under budget. Constructed in 1954 to conduct uranium enrichment operations, this two-story facility had a footprint of more than 32 acres and was one of the largest buildings in the world. The project team safely and efficiently removed more than 640,000 square feet of asbestos siding and disposed of nearly 164,000 tons of debris. The team employed numerous innovative technologies, such as a powered scaffolding system. The K-33 team included Federal Project Director Jim Kopotic and Contracting Officer Karen Shears. A small business, LATA-Sharp Remediation Services, LLC was the prime contractor for the project and worked under a firmed fixed price prime contract; and
- Idaho Nuclear Facility Decontamination & Decommissioning Project: Employing an aggressive performance-based contracting approach, this team completed field work nearly one year earlier than expected at a cost savings of about $440 million. In all, they removed 171 surplus facilities, including various reactors, spent fuel reprocessing facilities and other nuclear process structures. The project achieved an exceptional safety and environmental compliance record and established strong relationships with the Idaho regulators and local Citizens Advisory Board. These relationships helped facilitate the approval of such key project initiatives as the shift to an onsite disposal method for demolished reactor materials. The project team included Federal Project Director Mark Shaw and Contracting Officer Maria Williams. CH2M-WG Idaho was the prime contractor for the project.
DOE Office of Science employees also were honored with the Secretary's Achievement Award, as well as the Secretary's Award for Excellence and Federal Project Director of the Year Award.