First main building enclosed at UPF
The Mechanical Electrical Building (MEB) at the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) is fully enclosed and stands tall as a sign of completion amongst ongoing work areas surrounding the building. Not only was it the first main building to go vertical at UPF, it is now the first building fully enclosed and moving to the next stage of progress, which includes installation of commodities and equipment.
The shell, which includes all siding, doors, roof, and louvers, was constructed in just 310 calendar days, and is an example of why a multiple-building complex approach was used at UPF. It allows each facility to be constructed to the safety and security requirements appropriate to each building’s function. The MEB will house most of the utility equipment required for the UPF process facilities, so it was constructed to commercial standards, providing cost savings in construction and equipment installation.
“The MEB ‘in the dry’ milestone is a major accomplishment for the UPF project team,” said MEB Area Manager Misty Lawrence. “This milestone was achieved by the hard work and long hours of many individuals working together to make it possible. As we have developed lessons learned for the other UPF subprojects, we have also shown what a team can accomplish when we have a goal and work collaboratively to make it a reality.”
The next steps for MEB will be “kitting out” the building. It will be a heavy organization effort in order to complete miscellaneous steel installation; electrical installation; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning placement; fire protection; fire proofing and bulk commodity installations (i.e., spools, hangers, and valves).