When it comes to planning one of the largest and most complex industrial relocations in the nation, every day counts. In just one year, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Plant (KCP) will begin a carefully orchestrated move to its new location with the help of six relocation firms who were recently awarded contracts valued at about $80 million.
One year from this week, on January 23, 2013, KCP will begin the complex task of moving manufacturing, laboratory and office equipment from its current location at the Bannister Federal Complex to a newly constructed National Security Campus eight miles south at Botts Road and 150 Highway.
A new diamond interchange is also being constructed over 150 Highway to accomodate increased traffic to and from the campus. When complete, vehicles can come and go from the site without disrupting traffic moving along 150 Highway.
The move to the new campus will involve approximately 2,800 pieces of large capital equipment and over 40,000 moving crates filling approximately 2,600 semi-truck loads.
“The one-year countdown to moving into the National Security Campus is an exciting and challenging time for all of us at the Kansas City Plant,” said Mark Holecek, manager of NNSA’s Kansas City Site Office. “This new facility offers tremendous advantages to the Nuclear Security Enterprise in flexibility, cost savings, and energy conservation. It is a key element of NNSA’s transformation efforts.”
KCP selected CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), the world’s largest commercial real estate company, to plan and manage the monumental task of relocating the nearly 3 million square feet facility, including manufacturing, engineering and administrative offices, to the new location. With the additional supporting contracts, the total contract value is over $80 million and is one of the largest purchasing contracts awarded by Honeywell FM&T, the managing and operating contractor for KCP.
In January 2013, when construction of the new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and engineering campus is complete, the relocation contractors will begin moving the KCP operations in a phased-in approach. The move will take place over a 19-month period and will allow for dual operations at both facilities to ensure continued delivery of product in support of national security.
“We have been preparing for this move for several years,” said Chris Gentile, President of Honeywell FM&T. “Many talented people across NNSA have spent countless hours ensuring that our extensive detailed planning will minimize disruption to operations during this historic move.”
The new smaller, more efficient facility maintains the capability to assure the reliability, safety and security of the nation’s defense systems while enabling NNSA to recruit and retain the next generation of scientists and engineers. KCP remains committed to supporting the President’s nuclear agenda which includes enhanced safety, security, and takes advantages of opportunities to reduce the number of warhead types.
NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. The NNSA’s Kansas City Plant (KCP) serves as one of our nation’s foremost national security assets. Managed and operated by Honeywell, the KCP manufactures a wide array of sophisticated, mechanical, electronic and engineered material components to ensure the safety and security of our national defense systems and provides high-tech advanced manufacturing jobs to more than 2,700 employees.