The pre-qualification window for companies to bid on the professional site design for a museum at the East Tennessee Technology Park closed in February. Eight firms that specialize in museum planning and exhibit design responded to the pre-qualification request.
Planning for the museum is one of several activities under way to commemorate ETTP’s history, including a history center located on the second floor of the Oak Ridge Fire Station and an observation tower overlooking the K-25 Building footprint.
The museum will house artifact and historic materials removed from the K-25 Building, which was built during World War II as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project, a federal program to build the world’s first atomic weapons. The building and ETTP, often referred to as the K-25 site, were also used to enrich uranium after the war.
The site was shut down in the mid-1980s, and it is slowly being converted into a massive industrial park.
Planning is under way to remove and store equipment from K-27 before it is demolished.
A pre-qualification request has just been issued for a K-25 virtual museum, which will consist of a website to allow people to further explore the building and its rich history. It will include an interactive map so people can see what went on at the site.
Note: This is an edited version of a story that first appeared in the March 2013 issue of Public Involvement News, published by the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge Office.