National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA delivers safe, quality construction under budget using fixed price contracts

August 28, 2017

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An outside view of the new support facility supporting the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement project.

Fixed price contracts reduce risk to the government and protect taxpayer dollars.

The rewards of this transformational change in project management are apparent in a new 10,000 square-foot pre-engineered support facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

NNSA delivered the facility $200,000 under budget and one month ahead of schedule using a fixed price contract executed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The new structure will support the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) Project, which ensures continuity in enduring analytical chemistry and materials characterization capabilities for NNSA’s stockpile stewardship mission.

The $7 million facility was designed, constructed, and turned over for equipment storage and testing to the management and operating contractor in less than nine months.

NNSA is committed to performing as much contruction work as possible using fixed price contracts to continue to deliver safe, quality construction under budget. 

An inside view of the new support facility.