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NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, flanked by NNSA and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory staff, breaks ground on the Lab's new Emergency Operations Center.
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, flanked by NNSA and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory staff, breaks ground on the Lab's new Emergency Operations Center.

Gordon-Hagerty breaks ground on Emergency Operations Center, dedicates Applied Materials and Engineering Campus, and recognizes electrical project

LIVERMORE, California – With the turn of a shovel and the snip of some scissors, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, helped announce Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) latest infrastructure improvements in support of its national security missions. She broke ground Tuesday on what will be a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (EOC); assisted in the dedication of the first completed facility in LLNL’s new Applied Materials and Engineering (AME) campus; and recognized the completion of a line item construction project, the Expand Electrical Distribution System (EEDS).

Our world class workforce requires state-of-the-art facilities not only for mission success, but because our people are our number one asset and they deserve modern infrastructure for their safety and convenience.

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
NNSA Administrator

“Our world class workforce requires state-of-the-art facilities not only for mission success, but because our people are our number one asset and they deserve modern infrastructure for their safety and convenience,” said Administrator Gordon-Hagerty.

With the current EOC no longer meeting the needs of a modern-day emergency center, the new Center will provide 24-hour operations when an emergency occurs. The facility will also provide survivability from earthquakes; better accessibility to response staff during an emergency; and self-sustainability for up to 72 hours without a resupply of fuel, food, or water. City, county, state, and federal emergency personnel also will have access to the new facility.

“The new EOC will consolidate emergency operations management, fire alarm monitoring, communications, and response technical support into one location to streamline emergency management at LLNL,” Administrator Gordon-Hagerty said.

Prior to the groundbreaking, Gordon-Hagerty explained how this EOC is part of NNSA’s pilot program to streamline delivery of commercial-like construction projects. The pilot is based on existing, successful minor construction program management processes and widely-used commercial construction practices to accelerate the delivery of smaller-scope, lower-risk projects. This delivery approach will save taxpayers money while maintaining quality by managing the key risks consistent with the complexity of the project. The Administrator noted how the NNSA and the Nuclear Posture Review have identified a need to recapitalize much of the Nuclear Security Enterprise – the EOC and other emergency operations facilities across the Enterprise are part of the pilot program.

Construction is scheduled for completion by November 2022, with project completion set for April 2023.

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Emergency Operations Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Emergency Operations Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Applied Materials & Engineering Campus

The groundbreaking was just one of the highlights of a daylong visit from the Administrator. She also dedicated the first facility at LLNL’s new AME campus. A collection of three buildings, the campus will house science, technology, and engineering capabilities critical to stockpile modernization.

The AME area plan, a new and novel infrastructure modernization approach created by NNSA and LLNL, results in efficiencies and affinities through a combination of facility upgrades and repurposing, capability consolidation, and new construction to sustain a core of science, technology and engineering competency while reducing footprint.

The campus will feature a polymers lab, 3D printing, advanced manufacturing, brazing and welding, along with office space and other capabilities. The first of these buildings, the polymers lab, was completed in July.

“One of my key priorities has been recapitalizing and modernizing NNSA’s infrastructure, some of which dates back to World War II,” Administrator Gordon-Hagerty said. “As evidenced by delivery of this campus, we have an excellent example for rapid infrastructure recapitalization. I appreciate and admire the close partnership between the NNSA organizations, Lawrence Livermore, and private industry.”

Expand Electrical Distribution System Project

The Administrator also recognized the completion of a line item construction project, which is the first at this site in over a decade, called the Expand Electrical Distribution System. The $33.8 million project was completed ahead of schedule and $1.1 million under budget.

“This project is one of the critical milestones for the NNSA’s Strategic Integrated Roadmap, which has a goal to modernize utilities across all sites by 2038. I’m also proud of the continued track record of excellence in NNSA and laboratory project management, as this project has come in under budget and ahead of time,” said Administrator Gordon-Hagerty.

The project expands and supplements the existing electrical distribution along the east side of the Lab, provides a new electrical connection to the Sandia-California site, increases electrical reliability, provides redundant power to the Lab, and provides infrastructure needed to meet future mission needs.

NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory personnel cut the ribbon for the Lab's new Applied Materials and Engineering Campus.
NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory personnel cut the ribbon for the Lab's new Applied Materials and Engineering Campus.