UCOR Takes Over $2.2B EM Project

URS CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) took over the environmental cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation for the Department of Energy Monday, after a safe, three-month transition with Bechtel Jacobs Co. LLC, the former contract holder.

UCOR is headquartered at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), where most of the cleanup efforts will be centered.

"We are extremely pleased to have UCOR on board," John Eschenberg, the DOE Oak Ridge Office's acting deputy manager and assistant manager for Environmental Management, stated in a news release. "Their team has already identified measures that, in the long run, will save time, money, and successfully reduce the Oak Ridge Reservation's footprint. We are looking forward to the accomplishments they will achieve."

UCOR's $2.2 billion contract has an initial five-year term, and a four-year option period. Subcontractors will comprise 60 percent of the total contract, with half of those contracts set aside for small businesses. Since the award of the contract in late April, UCOR has been transitioning with Bechtel Jacobs Co.

UCOR will complete the cleanup of ETTP and other services such as facility surveillance and maintenance, and waste management operations at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex.

Located on the DOE's Oak Ridge Reservation, ETTP began operations during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project. From 1945 to 1985, the site produced enriched uranium for the commercial nuclear power industry.

In 1987, the facility was permanently closed. Restoration of the environment, decontamination and decommissioning of facilities, and management of the legacy wastes have since been the main activities at the site.

The UCOR contractor team is composed of URS Energy and Construction Inc., and CH2M HILL Constructors Inc. Restoration Services Inc. is providing subcontractor services.

The 90-day transition between UCOR and Bechtel Jacobs encompassed 1,376 activities and focused on five major elements, according to information from UCOR. The five elements are:

  • People;
  • Physical conditions;
  • Program and procedures readiness;
  • Establishing a performance measurement baseline; and
  • Fulfilling all contract requirements and proposal commitments;

Throughout the transition, safety was paramount, both for the transition team and for the ETTP workers, according to the news release.

"UCOR recognized the challenges posed by transition, and developed and implemented strategies to assure the safety of transition personnel throughout the period," UCOR President Leo Sain stated in the release. "Safety performance through the transition period was excellent with no incidents or injuries of any kind."

Constant communications with the workforce minimized distractions, helping to assure performance remained constant.

"This is a testament to the professionalism of the ETTP workforce," Sain said. "Transition is always a time of stress and distraction. The ETTP workers kept focused on their tasks and stayed safe."

SourceThe Oak Ridger.