US Nuclear Security Infrastructure Program with over 800 projects completed one year early


25 February 2013 – Albuquerque, NM, USA – Sandia National Laboratories has announced the completion of $199 million in facilities construction and repair as part of an 11-year national effort to revitalize the physical infrastructure of nuclear security enterprise sites in the United States.  The Facilities and Infrastructure Recapitalization Program (FIRP) was established in 2001 to reduce a long-standing backlog of deferred maintenance at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) eight sites, including Sandia. Some $1.9 billion was spent over 11 years on 900 design, construction and repair projects. The program goals were accomplished one year early.

sandia-national-laboratories“The NNSA created the program to make its sites leaner, more energy efficient and to ensure the vitality and readiness of its nuclear security enterprise,” said Dawn Harder, Sandia Field Office FIRP program manager. “A primary goal was to help restore, rebuild and revitalize the facilities and infrastructure at Sandia through the elimination of legacy deferred maintenance and excess space.”

The FIRP came about after the Department of Energy (DOE) and NNSA found significant deterioration of facilities that house activities of the Science Based Stockpile Stewardship Program. The FIRP was supported by DOE, Department of Defense, outside stakeholders, Congress and NNSA. The goal was to reduce a $2 billion maintenance and repair backlog and restore facility conditions to an acceptable level through recapitalization, restoration and modernization.

Among its achievements, FIRP:

  • Eliminated $900 million of baselined deferred maintenance, and brought the overall condition of the enterprises’ essential facilities up to industry standards.
  • Managed 625 recapitalization projects ($1.2 billion) that refurbished laboratory and production facilities, repaired or replaced electrical and mechanical equipment, utility lines, fire protection, power and lighting systems, roofs, roads and other vital infrastructure.
  • Oversaw 145 disposition projects which removed 3.5 million square feet of excess footprint, opened many acres of space for redevelopment, shrank security perimeters and reduced deteriorated condition.
  • Completed nine utility line item projects including power grid upgrades at Los Alamos National Laboratory, an electrical substation and a heating system modernization at Sandia National Laboratories, electrical and natural gas distribution systems at the Pantex Plant, compressed air and potable water system upgrades and a steam plant life extension at Y-12 and 31 miles of highway repairs at Nevada National Security Site.
  • Replaced 4.2 million square feet of failing roofs and achieved an average 70 percent decrease in heating and cooling costs with concurrent insulation upgrades.
  • Adopted the LEED Cool Roof standard and upgraded more than 3 million square feet of roofs to energy efficient, cool roof compliance.

At Sandia’s three major sites in Albuquerque; Livermore, California; and Tonopah, Nevada, the program eliminated $142 million in deferred maintenance and 510,000 square feet of non-contaminated excess space. Sandia completed 56 recapitalization projects costing $100 million; 21 disposition projects, at $29 million; two major utility line-item projects, $62 million; and 18 infrastructure planning initiatives, $8 million.

“The FIRP has been a cornerstone for Sandia’s efforts to achieve and efficiently maintain its facilities in a condition ‘fit for mission use,’” said Art Ratzel, director of Sandia’s Facilities Management and OperationsCenter. “Its performance exceeded our expectations through NNSA’s strong commitment and the tremendous efforts of Field Office and Facilities Management staffs in making FIRP an unqualified success.”

NNSA’s efforts to improve its infrastructure are not ending. NNSA will continue to address old deferred maintenance needs where appropriate and establish new, modern capabilities needed to support the advances in stockpile stewardship and other program drivers that will replace outdated and obsolete capabilities.

More about the FIRP at http://nnsa.energy.gov/content/firp

For information about NNSA, visit http://nnsa.energy.gov/.

The US Department of Energy website is http://energy.gov/

 Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.  More at http://www.sandia.gov/

Source: Sandia National Laboratories