Source: EM Update | Vol. 9, Issue 12; Contributor: David Sheeley | June 28, 2017


URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC completed demolition of Building K-731, the former switch house that provided power for gaseous diffusion operations, ahead of schedule and under budget earlier this year.

The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) cleanup contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) earned almost $3.4 million for its performance from October 2016 through March 2017, nearly 93 percent of the total award fee available for the evaluation period.

OREM recently issued its latest six-month fee determination scorecard for UCOR.

EM releases information relating to contractor fee payments — earned by completing the work called for in the contracts — to further transparency in its cleanup program.

UCOR received a “very good” rating for project management and “high confidence” for cost and schedule.

The contractor executed its scope under the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) contract very well and advanced multiple projects for Vision 2020, OREM’s goal to complete ETTP cleanup in 2020 and transfer the site to the private sector for industrial development.

UCOR completed demolition of Building K-731 ahead of schedule and under cost. Characterization of Building K-631 and characterization, repacking and shipping of waste containers in Building K-1037 is underway at a cost less than planned.

At ETTP, the contractor reduced risks of excess contaminated facilities and expanded onsite sanitary waste disposal capacity. UCOR provided excellent support to reindustrialization efforts, such as ETTP closure planning and electrical distribution system changes necessary for property transfer.

At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, UCOR responded aggressively to issues related to failing infrastructure, ensuring regulatory compliance and enabling the laboratory’s mission activities to continue uninterrupted. UCOR progressed toward construction of the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility, critical to cleanup at the Y-12 National Security Complex.

With 8.8 million hours without a lost workday due to injury, the contractor increased productivity and enhanced worker safety. UCOR employed practices to eliminate organizational weaknesses that contribute to errors and implemented a program in which employees can recognize coworkers who demonstrate a questioning attitude to prevent an injury, equipment failure or adverse event. UCOR also improved radiation protection and industrial hygiene.

OREM pointed to opportunities for improvement in areas such as facility maintenance and work planning and control. For example, OREM noted violations of work authorization, work planning and control, confined space, and radiological control requirements in the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment project. UCOR instituted a safety pause to address the issues.

View the scorecard here.