RICHLAND, Wash. – The Columbia River Basin Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) honored two Hanford projects at its annual awards gala Feb. 23. EM’s Richland Operations Office sponsored both winning entries.
The Project of the Year award was presented to contractor CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company for successfully grouting Tunnel 1 of the Plutonium Uranium Extraction plant following a partial collapse in May 2017. Crews worked mostly at night to place several thousand cubic yards of engineered grout into the tunnel. The grout will reduce the risk of further collapse and increase the protection for workers, the public, and the environment from radiological hazards, while not precluding future remedial actions or final closure decisions.
The People’s Choice Award went to Hanford Live 2017, an innovative two-hour broadcast held in April 2017. The interactive program allowed the public to engage in real time with Hanford managers via multiple online platforms. Hanford Live was a collaboration involving staff from DOE, numerous contractors, and the Hanford regulators — Washington Department of Ecology and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — with additional participation from the Hanford Advisory Board. The project was nominated by contractor Mission Support Alliance.
“I’m extremely proud of the teamwork involved in both of these unique projects,” said DOE Richland Manager Doug Shoop. “The collaboration between multiple agencies and contractors, and coordination and communication with stakeholders, helped drive successful outcomes, and both projects are very deserving of recognition.”
The award recipients now have the opportunity to apply for national and global competitions. Last year, another Hanford contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), earned the prestigious Global Project of the Year award for the Double-Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project.
Approximately 100 people attended this year’s local PMI awards gala at the Richland Community Center. The other entries — those nominated for awards that did not win — included WRPS’s AW-106 Pump Replacement Project and the Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities’ 2017 Luncheon Project Featuring Libby Moore.