NNSA, GSA Celebrate KC Campus at Dedication Ceremony
August 28, 2014
Regional Administrator Jason Klumb and other Region 6 staff joined Department of Energy officials and government dignitaries on Aug. 22 to officially dedicate the National Nuclear Security Administration’s campus in south Kansas City.
The ceremony, held inside the 1.5 million-square-foot facility at Missouri 150 and Botts Road, was a celebration of energy-efficient innovation, inter-agency collaboration and the public-private partnership at the heart of the project. It marked the culmination of an 18-month transition of about 2,600 workers from the Bannister Federal Complex, where NNSA and its Kansas City Plant occupied about 3.2 million square feet.
The new facility, which represents one of the largest leases in GSA’s national inventory and is the largest lease in the Heartland Region’s history, has been certified Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and includes a wide range of design features aimed at energy efficiency and sustainability.
“The new Kansas City Campus is a great example of how GSA and NNSA worked together to reduce their real estate footprint and increase energy efficiencies, saving taxpayers’ dollars,” Klumb said at the ceremony. “The construction of this one-of-a-kind campus ahead of schedule and under budget could not have been possible without a great partnership between public and private sectors. For the GSA team, I’d specifically like to thank Doug Benton, Steve Stanberry, Dan Ryan and Valerie Waldmeier for their tremendous work.”
Benton, as project manager, and Stanberry, as contracting officer, began working on the project at its inception in 2006. They have received special recognition from NNSA for their contributions to the project, and last week received a 2014 PBS Project Management Award for their work. Ryan serves as building manager at the new campus, and Waldmeier is based on-site and serves as GSA’s chief liaison for the facility. National Security Campus dedication welcome sign
The new campus houses manufacturing spaces, laboratories, offices and warehouses. The facility remains operated by Honeywell FM&T and produces non-nuclear components for national defense systems. Construction of the $687 million campus was declared substantially completed in late 2012, with GSA acting as the federal government’s broker and CenterPoint Zimmer LLC as project developer. In January 2013 NNSA officially began its relocation.
“Ensuring a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent without underground testing is among the Department of Energy’s most important core missions,” Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said at the dedication ceremony. “The successful construction of the National Security Campus here in Kansas City is part of our broader effort to transform our Cold War era infrastructure into a 21st century nuclear security enterprise.”
“This transformation will enable us to continue to fulfill our stockpile stewardship commitments while we pursue further reductions, continue to work to prevent nuclear proliferation and terrorism, and support broader national security missions,” he said.