Source: The Oak Ridger | Darrell Richardson | March 28, 2018

Image result for UPF chief named DOE director of the yearDale Christenson, National Nuclear Security Administration, Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, Tenn., has been presented the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Project Director of the Year Award, according to a recent release shared with The Oak Ridger.

Christenson reportedly won the award for his leadership of the NNSA’s $6.5 billion Uranium Processing Facility project under way at the Y-12 complex. The release states, in part, that during the past year, “Mr. Christenson mentored and led the project team to achieve several major milestones — including completion of the $950 million design effort, which was finished under budget and on schedule. He also managed over $900 million in authorized construction and procurements on budget and schedule,” according to the DOE release. “He represents the very best of DOE project management leadership.”

Mark Menezes, the Under Secretary of Energy, presented the 2017 Project Management Awards during the Department’s annual project management workshop held on March 13 and 14, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

“More than 400 project management professionals from within the federal workforce, key stakeholders, contract partners and academia met to recognize superior performance and address ongoing challenges with technically complex construction projects across the Department of Energy’s diverse portfolio,” the release stated.

In addition to Christenson’s recognition:

‒ The Office of Environmental Management’s Saltstone Disposal Unit No. 6 Project, Savannah River Site, Aiken, S.C., was presented with DOE’s Project Management Excellence Award;

‒ The Office of Science’s 12 GeV Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility Upgrade Project, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, Va., was presented with DOE’s Project Management Achievement Award;

‒ The Office of Science’s NSLS-II Experimental Tools (NEXT) Project, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y., was presented with DOE’s Project Management Achievement Award;

‒ The Office of Science’s Science and User Support Building, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, Calif., was presented with DOE’s Project Management Achievement Award; and

‒ The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Transuranic Waste Facility Project, Phase B, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, was presented with DOE’s Project Management Achievement Award.