A groundbreaking has been scheduled for Thursday morning for the three-story Construction Support Building for the multi-billion dollar Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12 National Security Complex.
This will be the first construction for the UPF project that starts to change the skyline of the Y-12 National Security Complex, a media advisory said.
It said UPF will be a first-of-its-kind complex that supports enriched uranium operations for Y-12 missions. The National Nuclear Security Administration, or NNSA, is using a “build to budget” strategy and has committed to Congress to provide these facilities by 2025 for no more than $6.5 billion, the advisory said.
“As one of the largest construction projects in Tennessee history, UPF will have a significant impact on local and state economies, the advisory said.
Those expected to participate in the Thursday groundbreaking are NNSA Administrator General Frank Klotz, Congressman Jim Cooper, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Commander and District Engineer LTC Stephen Murphy, and UPF Federal Project Director Dale Christenson.
The media advisory said the Construction Support Building is part of UPF’s Site Infrastructure and Services Subproject, which also includes building demolition, civil and site utility work, security features, and a concrete batch plant.
UPF’s first subproject, Site Readiness, was completed on time and under budget in 2015.
When completed, the Construction Support Building will be the first permanent structure on the UPF Project and the first building at Y-12 with a LEED Gold Certification. The three-story structure will provide office space as well as a warehouse and construction craft break areas, the advisory said. The building will replace the need for a large group of temporary trailers usually associated with large construction projects and will be available to house UPF operational and support personnel when the UPF is complete.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing construction of the Construction Support Building for the UPF Project Office.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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