UPF celebrated the placement of the last piece of the structural frame of the Mechanical Electrical Building on Feb. 11.
The team began erecting structural steel for the 66,000-square-foot facility in late July and began installing the steel for the second level in December. A 130-ton rough terrain crane was used to place the steel on the first level and a larger crane was used for the second level of steel. Approximately 1,200 tons of steel were used to complete the structure.
With the steel framework complete, roof and then the panels that make up the walls of the building will be installed.
The MEB will house most of the mechanical and electrical utility equipment required for the UPF process facilities.
UPF’s Construction Support Building (CSB) has received another designation for sustainability, this time from NNSA, which designated the CSB as a High Performance Sustainable Building (HPSB).
The CSB is a three-story, 65,000-square-foot facility that houses construction operations and will serve as UPF’s operations center when the project is completed. The CSB can accommodate 300 office personnel, and an additional 250 craft employees in the break area. It has a 14,700-square-foot warehouse space, rooftop solar panels, and a geothermal well system.
According to the award letter, the CSB “exemplifies high standards in integrated design, integrated management, energy and water efficiency, and enhanced indoor environmental quality.”
Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for NNSA, the CSB is also the first building at Y-12 to earn LEED Gold status. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a designation from the U.S. Green Building Council for sustainability and resource efficiency. The CSB earned LEED credits for solar panels that provide approximately 15kW of electrical power, insulated concrete form walls, a geothermal well system, automatic faucets, and automatic LED lighting.
“We are proud to have delivered a building that met the stringent requirements for HPSB as well as the LEED Gold standard,” said UPF Federal Project Director Dale Christenson. “The CSB will benefit UPF during construction and serve the site long after UPF is complete.”
Steel installation for the second level of the Uranium Processing Facility’s (UPF) Mechanical Electrical Building (MEB) began in late December.
“We are making steady progress on MEB, and with steel going in for the second level, you can see how the effort of multiple teams made it begin to take its final shape,” said Misty Lawrence, area lead for the construction of MEB.
The second level of steel will be installed from west to east and will be complete this spring, Lawrence said. Subcontractor Geiger Brothers will then frame the roof and install siding. MEB is the first of UPF’s three main buildings to go vertical and change the skyline at Y-12.
“UPF will change dramatically in the next few weeks as steel is installed for the second level and MEB rises to its final height,” Lawrence said.
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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Syreeta Vaughn to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Advisory Board in December.
Vaughn, a graduate of UT, has served on the Earth and Planetary Science Board for more than 10 years. “I have had the honor and pleasure of seeing the EPS department grow and thrive,” Vaughn said. “Through my service and homegrown connection to the community, I have had a unique opportunity to see the impact UT has made on the community, students, and in my life.”
Vaughn has set her goal to be similar to what Haslam has envisioned. “Originally, UT had one board to support the entire UT collegiate system. Governor Haslam’s vision is that the four-board approach will afford us (the members) with the opportunity to meet UTK specific campus needs. As a UTK alumnus, I can only hope the small role that I will play as a member of this board will make a small impact both in the community and within UT.”