- New initiative accelerates infrastructure repairs while increasing buying power
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced completion of a $520,000 pilot to replace a roof, as well as heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system for the Core Library and Data Center at Mercury, Nev. (http://nevada.usgs.gov/mercury/).
The library was established as a repository for geologic, hydrologic, and geophysical data and materials collected in support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) defense and environment programs at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).
This innovative initiative, known as the Asset Management Program (AMP), greatly improves NNSA’s buying power and accelerates infrastructure repair rates by bundling the replacement of major building systems that are common across the NNSA enterprise, such as roofs and HVAC systems, under a centralized contract.
The program is an expansion of NNSA’s highly successful Roof Asset Management Program (RAMP), which has replaced more than 4.5 million square feet of failed and deteriorated roofs at NNSA sites since 2004, 2.5 million square feet of which are cool and white roofs. The completion of this pilot achieves a 2015 “Make it Happen” high priority infrastructure initiative for the NNSA.
“NNSA is revolutionizing our infrastructure management. New infrastructure tools like AMP are helping arrest the decline of NNSA’s infrastructure. This pilot prepares us for the full-scale HVAC program in 2017,” said James McConnell, Associate Administrator of Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations.
In addition, the pilot applied key green building standards for better insulated roofs and more energy efficient HVAC systems. The cool roof has high solar reflectance, so it emits absorbed solar radiation back into the atmosphere, which keeps the roof cooler and demands less cooling from the building mechanical systems. This will result in lower annual operating costs.
DOE and NNSA installed the roofs and HVAC system through the Kansas City Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T) contracting team, roofing partner Technical Assurance (TA), an Ohio-based building enclosure consulting firm, and site teams from Nevada Nuclear Security Site contractor, NSTec.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.