Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman has selected the Sandia
National Laboratories’ MESA project team as
recipients of the Secretary’s Achievement Honor Award.
The Honor Awards represent the highest internal non-monetary
recognition that DOE employees and contractors can receive for
providing exceptional service to the Department and the American people.
This inaugural round of the awards program generated a number
of nominees from across the DOE complex and MESA was from this group as
one of the first recipients of the award. Sec. Bodman will present the
honor awards April 8 in Washington, D.C.
The award states: “In recognition for demonstrating
outstanding project management expertise and successfully completing
the SNL MESA microelectronics facilities (MicroFab and MicroLab) and
construction of the Weapons Integration Facility (WIF) ahead of
schedule and under budget.”
The MESA integrated project team was comprised of technical
experts from NNSA/SSO and Sandia staff with responsibility for nine
project functions: Project management, project controls, construction
management, ES&H, financial controls, testing and inspections,
document controls, procurement, and risk management.
The team completed the microelectronics facilities (MicroFab
and MicroLab) in FY2007 and dedicated the Weapons Integration Facility
in August 2007. The overall project is currently 98 percent
complete, and was three years ahead of schedule, and $40 million under
budget while maintaining the original scope.
Bill Jenkins, MESA project manager, said the MESA project kept
green in mind during the entire project.
“With the goal of improving our environment and
saving energy/resources over the facilities’ lifetime, the
MESA laboratories were designed with LEED sustainable
design,” he says.
The MESA MicroFabrication Facility was recently awarded LEED
certification and represents the first microelectronics facility in the
world certified by the US Green Building Council. MESA facilities were
also designed with modern force protection and anti-terrorism features
to protect engineers and scientists in the mission critical
microelectronics and weapons integration facilities.