Source: EM Update | Vol. 12, Issue 2; Contributor: Wayne McKinney | January 14, 2020
UCOR workers use heavy equipment to break up and remove the slabs — clearing the landscape and opening space for the site’s next chapter. The land is often seeded to become a grassy field. Next, regulators confirm the land is safe before it is transferred from government ownership and made available for industrial use.
Recent demolition projects, such as the 380,000-square-foot K-1037 Building, have left behind significant acreage for future use. The slab for the K-1037 Building was recently removed and workers are currently clearing remaining slabs and underground structures in the Poplar Creek area.
Some of the largest projects involved ETTP’s former gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment buildings, which had a massive combined footprint spanning a 4.4 million square feet. All of their slabs have been removed except for Building K-25’s, which is being used for historic preservation activities as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
With those removals complete, hundreds of acres can benefit the community. The former K-31 area is already being leased, and the K-33 area has been transferred to attract large industry to ETTP. The Building K-27 and K-29 areas will be available for economic development in the future.
In the months ahead, crews will continue to remove numerous slabs from sites where other facilities have been demolished. This work helps usher in EM’s ultimate vision for the site, which can be found here.