National Nuclear Security Administration

Nevada National Security Site breaks ground on new facilities

September 26, 2017

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NNSA’s Administrator Frank Klotz visits the site of the first building for Mercury Modernization with Joel Leeman and Jim Holt

Building on our history and securing our future.

That was the theme during a recent groundbreaking ceremony at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The ceremony highlighted activities of the Mercury Modernization program at the NNSS, including the upcoming construction of the first of several buildings.

Mercury serves as the “base camp” for the NNSS, housing the Operations Command Center, a fuel station, office buildings, a fire station, dormitories, a cafeteria, and other facilities. The modernization effort is aimed at supporting current and future missions at the NNSS, consolidating facilities into a smaller footprint, reducing energy costs, and providing a modern, sustainable infrastructure.

The ceremony took place at the actual site of the first new building, which will house the Emergency Operations Center and the Operations Command Center, as well as other offices.

 “This is the site of the first building equipped with the technology that we need at the Site,” said Joel Leeman, director of Infrastructure Management & Modernization. “But with building the new, we will be honoring the past. We’re working very hard to ensure we do that and incorporate some of what made Mercury great in the '50s and '60s and into what we’re doing looking decades forward.”

 “It’s a great honor to be here today for the Mercury Modernization ground breaking,” said NNSA Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure Ken Sheely. “Mercury is critical to the NNSS and the NNSA mission. It is long overdue that we re-invest in Mercury, and show the commitment to you.”

Other ceremony speakers included NFO Manager Steve Lawrence and NSTec Vice President for Program Integration Raffi Papazian.

Construction of the first building will take place in FY18, with occupancy taking place in FY19. Additional projects also include plans for a solar array to power one of the NNSS’ fire stations, making it the first net-zero energy building at the Site.