DOE Dedicates New, Energy-Efficient National Security Campus

August 25, 2014 By Karen Henry

NNSA Logo-energy-manageThe US Department of Energy (DOE) dedicated a new National Security Campus in Kansas City.

The more cost-effective, energy-efficient campus is delivering a 25 percent reduction in operating costs and more than 50 percent reduction in the infrastructure footprint from 3.2 million square feet to 1.5 million square feet.

The construction of the National Security Campus in Kansas City is part of DOE’s broader effort to transform its Cold War era infrastructure into a 21st century nuclear security enterprise, the Department said.

The $687 million new campus now houses about 2,600 employees and consists of manufacturing, laboratory, office and warehouse space. The new building reduces energy consumption by more than 50 percent and is one of the first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold manufacturing campuses. The facility is operated under a new ownership model for the DOE, which leverages a public-private partnership alongside the General Services Administration. Overall, the new campus will save the government more than $100 million annually.

As the manufacturer of non-nuclear components for the US nuclear stockpile, the Kansas City National Security Campus is part of the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which is responsible the nation’s nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation and naval reactor programs.

Last year, the NNSA awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies to construct a wind farm on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex plant in Amarillo, Texas. The Pantex plant is America’s nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility.

The DOE will remain responsible for the environmental monitoring and remediation of the Bannister Federal Complex as the city looks to repurpose and redevelop the facilities and land.

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