RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) and tank farms contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) recently renovated portions of the Hanford Site’s 222-S Laboratory, installing a more energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and upgrading a lab room and equipment.
The 70,000-square-foot full-service analytical facility handles radioactive samples in support of the Hanford cleanup.
“The 222-S Lab provides critical support for the Hanford tank waste retrieval and treatment mission,” said Jeff Cheadle, ORP’s 222-S program manager. “The recent renovations will help ensure that this facility continues to operate safely and efficiently in the years ahead.”
Crews installed the HVAC system with simplified ductwork and improved flow control. They added new motors and upgraded fans to support the supply and exhaust sides of the system and for increased efficiency.
In the laboratory room overhaul, workers put in new walls and floors, vent hoods, gas piping, and other equipment. The project was part of an effort to renovate individual lab rooms as funding is available.
Planning is underway for other 222-S Laboratory improvements, such as fire system upgrades and a new cold laboratory for non-radioactive samples and analytical methods development.