Project deemed ‘excellent’ by nuclear society

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The successful demolition of a former gaseous diffusion facility has been honored by the American Nuclear Society.

The American Nuclear Society’s Decommissioning and Environmental Services Division selected the K-25 demolition project to receive its Project Excellence Award.

The K-25 building at East Tennessee Technology Park was built as part of the Manhattan Project in the 1940s. As the massive, mile-long building began deteriorating, its demolition was considered one of the highest priorities for the environmental cleanup program in Oak Ridge.

URS/CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, the U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge, completed the demolition project on Dec. 19, 2013. The demolition was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

The Project Excellence Award recognizes efforts and achievements on a specific project that has contributed to the advancement of any one or all of the fields of decontamination, decommissioning, or site reutilization.

The individuals specifically recognized for their efforts are Jim Kopotic, former DOE Oak Ridge Environmental Management portfolio manager for ETTP; Wendy Cain, OREM K-25/K-27/K-31 Deactivation and Decommissioning projects manager; and Steve Dahlgren, UCOR Deactivation and Decommissioning manager.

“We are honored that the American Nuclear Society is recognizing this successful project with its prestigious Project Excellence Award,” Cain said.

“This was truly a team effort that involved the expertise and dedication of many individuals. ”