UPF reaches halfway mark in purchasing

Consolidated Nuclear Security construction project awards $725 million

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—One of the largest construction projects in Tennessee has reached the halfway mark in purchasing approximately $1.5 billion of goods and services.

The Uranium Processing Facility, currently under construction at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, has awarded purchase orders and subcontracts worth $725 million since January 2015.

“It’s crucial to partner with businesses that can provide the necessary goods and services when you’re building a facility of this size and complexity,” said UPF Project Director John Howanitz. “We’re committed to building UPF on time and on budget, so having great business partners is essential to our success.”

UPF purchased more than $181 million from companies in Tennessee and 32 percent of total procurements from small businesses. More than $178 million of the total was purchased from companies in East Tennessee and an additional $60 million was purchased from companies in Oak Ridge.

Some of the largest awards included structural steel, rebar, specialized equipment and a subcontract for an onsite concrete batch plant.

Most of the remaining services, equipment and materials will be purchased within the next year, Howanitz said, with purchasing ramping down in mid-2019 as construction work begins to hit high gear.

“A successful construction project requires sound engineering and the materials, equipment and services necessary to build it on time and on budget,” Howanitz said. “Purchasing the equipment and supplies we need to build UPF at a fair price also provides value for the government and for taxpayers.”

UPF will replace a World War II era plant with a modern, more efficient, and safer facility for conducting highly-enriched uranium operations at Y-12. CNS is building UPF for the National Nuclear Security Administration through a subcontract with Bechtel National, Inc.

Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on the absolute priorities of safety, security, quality, mission delivery and cost efficiency.

For more information on each site, visit www.pantex.energy.gov or www.y12.doe.gov. Follow Pantex on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Follow Y-12 on Facebook and Twitter.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 9 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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