NNSA Breaks Ground On Albuquerque Complex Project

NNSA News:

  • Three-story, 330,000-square-foot structure will house 1,200 federal and contractor employees

Albuquerque – The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) broke ground today on a state-of-the-art facility for its workforce in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The $174.7 million Albuquerque Complex Project will provide modern, safe, and reliable workspace to approximately 1,200 employees who support NNSA’s vital national security missions.

“Our dedicated employees in Albuquerque contribute every day to our Nation’s nuclear security and it’s time we provide a modern facility for our workforce to carry out their duties,” said Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator. “NNSA is grateful to Congress for its support of this project, which is an important step in NNSA’s long-term effort to modernize its Cold War-era infrastructure.”

Administrator Gordon-Hagerty was joined by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, as well as several distinguished state and local leaders for the groundbreaking ceremony.  Leadership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which will oversee construction of the facility, was also in attendance.

The current Albuquerque Complex office buildings were built in 1951 as military barracks. The new three-story, 330,000-square-foot structure will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Standard specifications. 

By replacing the existing complex of 25 buildings with a single facility, NNSA will reduce its total deferred maintenance by approximately $40 million.

NNSA uses USACE for much of its non-nuclear work to leverage their expertise and save taxpayer money in the procurement process. USACE awarded the Albuquerque Complex Project construction contract to Caddell Construction Company on April 24, 2018. 

The new facility is being constructed on DOE-owned land on Eubank Boulevard and it will be enclosed within the boundaries of Kirtland Air Force Base prior to occupancy.