EnergySolutions Engineering Laboratory
Tuesday, Oct. 4, for EnergySolutions Engineering Laboratory
WSU Regent Fran Forgette; Mayor John Fox, City of Richland; Commissioner Bob Larson, Port of Benton; Tom Yount, EnergySolutions, Vice President, Richland operations; WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Vicky Carwein; Alan Parker, EnergySolutions, President, Government Group (from Oak Ridge, Tenn.); John Hayfield, NuVision Engineering; John Payne, Fowler Construction
Ground was broken at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, to start construction of the EnergySolutions Engineering Laboratory, a $3 million building being donated to Washington State University Tri-Cities.
The public was invited to the outdoor ceremony, held at the construction site off George Washington Way across from the WSU Tri-Cities campus.
EnergySolutions will be constructing the 13,000-square-foot laboratory on 7 acres of land owned by WSU — and then donating the building to WSU Tri-Cities. This long-term partnership between EnergySolutions, NuVision Engineering, and WSU Tri-Cities will include collaborative research, engineering scholarships, and internships.
The building is 10,000 square feet of laboratory space and 3,000 square feet of office space. Construction is to begin in October by Fowler Construction of Richland and is expected to be complete by summer 2012. EnergySolutions will lease it back for 18 months for $10, and then will have the option to extend the lease for one year at fair market value. The site is part of the Tri-Cities Research District.
EnergySolutions Federal EPC of Richland recently was awarded a subcontract from Bechtel National to conduct large-scale testing of the Hanford vitrification plant’s waste-mixing system. The building features a high bay that can accommodate large tanks. The testing will use non-radioactive waste simulants.
Dignitaries at the groundbreaking included Alan Parker, EnergySolutions president of the government group; WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Vicky Carwein, and representatives from Bechtel, the U.S. Department of Energy, NuVision Engineering, DesignWest, the Port of Benton, and the City of Richland.
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EnergySolutions is an international company headquartered in Salt Lake City. As a worldwide leader in the safe recycling, processing and disposal of nuclear material, the company provides innovations and technologies to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial utilities, medical and research facilities. In the United Kingdom, they operate and provide nuclear decommissioning services for 22 nuclear power plants. EnergySolutions remains committed to the future of responsible energy in the United States and to their role in helping our country achieve energy security, reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment through clean, safe and affordable energy sources. www.energysolutions.com
About NuVision Engineering, Inc.:
NuVision Engineering is a leading edge technology and applications engineering company focused on providing value in commercial and nuclear and power plant industries, government waste remediation facilities, waste cleanup and fabrication services.
About Washington State University Tri-Cities:
WSU Tri-Cities was established in 1989 as a regional campus of Pullman-based Washington State University. WSU Tri-Cities is located along the Columbia River in Richland and offers 18 bachelor’s, 10 master's, and six doctoral degrees. WSU Tri-Cities offers a supportive atmosphere for students from all walks of life. Learn more about the most diverse campus in the WSU system at www.tricity.wsu.edu .
• Melissa O’Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities, Marketing & Communications, 509-372-7319, cell/text 509-727-3094, firstname.lastname@example.org
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EnergySolutions to build, donate, then lease $3 million laboratory to WSU Tri-Cities
by Melissa O’Neil Perdue, WSU Tri-Cities
EnergySolutions will be constructing a $3 million, 13,000-square-foot laboratory on 7 acres of land in Richland that is owned by Washington State University — and then donating the building to WSU Tri-Cities.
The building is 10,000 square feet of laboratory space and 3,000 square feet of office space. Construction is to begin in October — built by Fowler Construction of Richland to WSU requirements — and expected to be complete by summer 2012. The site is across George Washington Way from the WSU Tri-Cities campus and is part of the Tri-Cities Research District. EnergySolutions will lease it back for 18 months for $10, then will have the option to extend the lease for one year at fair market value.
EnergySolutions Federal EPC of Richland recently was awarded a subcontract from Bechtel National to conduct large-scale testing of the Hanford vitrification plant’s waste-mixing system. The building features a high-bay that can accommodate large tanks. The testing will use non-radioactive waste simulants
“This is a large-scale testing a facility for large-scale equipment,” EnergySolutions CEO Val Christensen of Salt Lake City announced last week in Richland.
“A lot of the expertise we have to deal with such challenges around the world comes from here,” he said. “We expect this partnership will create value for our customer, a long-term asset for the University, and a platform for University professors and students to experience a real-life STEM learning environment.”
“We have a successful track record of building partnerships with universities and public-private businesses in creative commercial ventures,” Christensen said. “In this instance, we also have a minority partner with this gift to Washington State University — a long-time partner of ours, NuVision Engineering.”
Donating the laboratory building was inspired by Tom Yount, EnergySolutions executive vice president of Richland operations and a WSU Pullman graduate in construction management.
WSU President Elson S. Floyd said he appreciates the opportunity for faculty and students to gain hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematical
experiences with private industry. “We need creative solutions to confront the global workplace,” Floyd said. “This will benefit the region and impact the nation and, if we do it properly, it will have global influence.”
WSU Regent Scott Carson, a retired Boeing executive and a passionate proponent of sustainable energy and biofuels, lauded the unique collaboration resulting in what’s been named the Energy Solutions Engineering Laboratory.
“I look at WSU Tri-Cities and see a critical link to the economy of the world, with some of the greatest minds and greatest opportunities,” Carson said. “The WSU Tri-Cities campus holds a special place inside the WSU system. It’s unique because of its location. It’s at the heart of one of the intellectual centers in the world. We need to excite young people about the opportunities the future holds for them, so we don’t miss a single mind, a single intellect, who could change the world.”
left to right:
Brad Fisher, chair, WSU Tri-Cities Advisory Council; Van Walker, CEO, NuVision Engineering; Scott Carson, Regent, WSU; John Hayfield Jr., President, Mid Columbia Engeering; John Payne, owner, Fowler Construction; Vicky Carwein, Chancellor, WSU Tri-Cities; Val Christensen, CEO, EnergySolutions; Tom Yount, Executive Vice President, EnergySolutions.
NuVision Engineering CEO Van Walker, EnergySolutions CEO Val Christensen and WSU President Elson S. Floyd