Ferri retiring; Bradford now up at UCOR

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Mark Ferri, who has led the safe, successful deactivation and demolition work at K-25 since URS/CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC arrived in Oak Ridge in August 2011, is retiring at the end of February.


Ferri has accepted a CH2M Hill corporate opportunity in the United Kingdom.

He was part of the original handpicked leadership team by the company, also known as UCOR.
Leo Sain, UCOR president and property manager, said the company will use this opportunity to streamline its organization and gain efficiencies.

Waste Management Manager Jeff Bradford, also an original member of the UCOR leadership team, will lead a new organization called D&D and Waste Management.

“This will allow us to more closely integrate work at K-25 and K-27, which is important because they are similar in type and structure and we can better transfer personnel and use lessons learned from one to the other,” said Sain.

Sain said both men have been integral in the successful, vital integration of deactivation, demolition and waste shipping thus far in the K-25 demolition process.

Workers have demolished more than 2 million square feet of the old gaseous diffusion facility and more than 15,000 loads of waste have been shipped under the “packas-you-go” philosophy the men installed as part of the UCOR way of doing business.

Ferri came to UCOR with experience of leading successful deactivation and demolition work at some of the Department of Energy’s highest-profile projects, including at Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Park in Colorado and Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

“When we arrived here, there were 27 units standing at K25 along with much of the equipment from the West units,” Ferri said. “Now that the West equipment is gone and we are down to six units, it makes sense to combine them with the nine units at K27.”

Steve Dahlgren, also an original member of the UCOR team who has been leading demolition work at K-27, Poplar Creek and the balance of other site facilities, will now be D&D manager.

Lane Butler will lead the Waste Management organization on an interim basis.

In addition to deactivating and demolishing K-25 and other cleanup work, UCOR is responsible for other specific scopes of work at East Tennessee Technology Park, the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.