National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA receives DOE Project Management Achievement Award

April 5, 2018

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From left: Brett Cederdahl, TWF Contractor Project Manager; Janelle Armijo, prior TWF Federal Project Director (FPD) accepting on behalf of Thomas Whitacre, current TWF FPD; Mark Menezes, Under Secretary for Management & Performance; and Everett Trollinge
Brett Cederdahl, TWF project manager; Janelle Armijo, prior project director; Mark Menezes, Under Secretary for Management & Performance; and Everett Trollinger, Chemistry and Metallurgical Research Replacement Facility Project Management Office.

NNSA recently completed construction of the Transuranic Waste Facility (TWF) $2 million under budget and four months ahead of schedule. This project, at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is NNSA’s first ever Hazard Category 2 Nuclear Facility project completed under budget. 

The project team received the Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary’s Project Management Achievement Award for their work during the 2018 DOE Project Management Workshop held in Arlington, Virginia. 

TWF consists of multiple buildings that will be used for staging newly generated solid transuranic wastes from Los Alamos Lab programs and missions for ultimate disposition at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The transuranic waste – or waste that has been contaminated with artificially made elements that have an atomic number higher than uranium – generated at Los Alamos comes from work vital to national security. 

The TWF project team used an innovative contracting strategy to safely execute this project under budget and ahead of schedule. They used a separate contract line item under the larger Management and Operating contract to incentivize cost and schedule performance. 

TWF was completed in September 2017, four months ahead of the scheduled completion in January 2018. The final total project cost of $97 million came in $2 million under the project cost baseline of $99.2 million. Based on the success of this project, NNSA is now also using this contracting model at other sites.

NNSA’s overarching goal for project management is to deliver safe, quality construction on time and on budget. The TWF Project is one of NNSA’s successes in its continued commitment to deliver timely, best-value acquisition solutions for all its projects and programs.