Bechtel Corporate Recognizes Y-12’s Project Management Excellence

The Y-12 National Security Complex received runner-up in Bechtel’s 2010 Project Management Excellence Awards, marking the first time the Y-12 site has been considered.

Y12_red_LogoOAK RIDGE – The Y-12 National Security Complex, which is managed and operated by a team from Bechtel National and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services, received runner-up in Bechtel’s 2010 Project Management Excellence Awards. Five worldwide Bechtel projects were evaluated, and this is the first time the Y-12 site was considered.

“This recognition is a testament to the phenomenal amount of work accomplished last year at Y-12,” said John Howanitz, senior vice president of Transformation and Projects at Y-12. “The completion of four line-item projects in a single year is an unprecedented feat within the nation’s Nuclear Security Enterprise.”

The four projects are completion of the massive Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, the nation’s storehouse for weapons-grade uranium; the startup of a new natural gas steam plant that replaced a 1950s-era coal-fired plant; the completion of a substantial upgrade to the site’s potable water system; and the completion of a unique and highly complex glovebox – a device that allows workers to handle material stored within the protective box.

“Y-12 completed these projects while meeting national security deliverables and progressing work on other major projects including the design for the Uranium Processing Facility and continued progress on seven Recovery Act projects,” Howanitz said. “We could not have done it without the strength and talent in our project management team and extensive collaboration among employees, trade unions, and state agencies.”

The winner of this year’s Bechtel Project Management Excellence Award was the W.H. Sammis AQSC Retrofit Project, an emissions retrofit of a 2,220-megawatt coal-fired plant in Ohio.

Bechtel has offices in 25 countries and more than 50,000 employees. Locally, Bechtel is part of the teams that manage and operate the Y-12 site for the National Nuclear Security Administration and the East Tennessee Technology Park for the Department of Energy.
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