National Nuclear Security Administration

Albuquerque Complex Project reaches design milestone

July 7, 2017

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An artist's rendering of what the complex will look like.

The plan to construct a new facility for NNSA employees in Albuquerque, N.M., is progressing on schedule.

An NNSA team and representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed the 60 percent design phase for the Albuquerque Complex Project, an important milestone on the path to a modern and efficient facility for NNSA employees.

The current Albuquerque Complex on Kirtland Air Force Base houses just over a 1,000 employees who support a variety of NNSA programs and offices, including the offices of Secure Transportation, Emergency Operations, Defense Programs, Management and Budget, Acquisition and Project Management, and Defense Nuclear Security.

The Albuquerque Complex Project will replace the existing complex with a single building that meets sustainability requirements. The new facility will be a modern, safe and reliable infrastructure that improves the safety and working environment.

Portions of the current facility, a former military barracks, date back to the early 1950s and are in poor condition. Because of the age of the buildings, routine maintenance is costly and inefficient.

The project is expected to reach the 95 percent design phase in August and is being designed to LEED Gold standards.

The project is currently on track to issue Requests for Proposals in January of 2018. Construction is projected to be completed in the first quarter of FY 2021.