Delivering Innovation and Cost Savings
The relocation to the Kansas City National Security Campus in Kansas City, Missouri was one of the largest, most complex modernization projects in the U.S. to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget. This private/public partnership is a shining example of delivering on its promise to taxpayers to save more than $100M annually by being cost effective, energy-efficient, and sustainable while fully supporting a critical national security mission.
Honeywell manages the $700 million operation that supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). With the efforts to reduce the nation’s nuclear stockpile and pressure on defense budgets, Honeywell’s challenge is to help the Federal government deliver safe and reliable products and services for national security programs in the most cost efficient way possible and transition the enterprise from mostly reliant on the Cold War stockpile to providing innovative products and services focused on future threat.
In 2006, Honeywell and the NNSA embarked on a strategy to ensure the longevity of a key business in Kansas City and sustain the 2,700 jobs that support the work while returning more than $100 million in savings to taxpayers annually. Part of that strategy included a unique lease agreement for the 1.5 million square foot Kansas City National Security Campus. The U.S. General Services Administration, acting as the Federal government’s broker, signed the lease agreement with CenterPoint Zimmer, LLC, for the $687 million campus in June 2010.
Construction of the facility was completed late 2012. Since the project began, the net savings to the taxpayer is $238M while delivering a new flexible infrastructure to meet national security manufacturing needs for the next two decades.
Successful Massive Move
The move from the old Bannister Federal Complex began in January 2013. During the 18-month move, the relocation teams safely and securely moved a wide range of equipment including tools weighing as little as 6 ounces to a milling machine weighing 87,000 pounds. By the end of the move, about 3,000 truckloads transported thousands of pieces of equipment and 30,000 crates, which if stacked would have been more than 5 times the height of Mount Everest.
The move finished in July 2014, one month ahead of the original schedule and in time to celebrate the 65th year of operations. The construction of the KC NSC helped revitalize the construction industry by generating more than 1,000 new construction jobs and boosting the local economy with hundreds of millions of dollars in much needed economic development to the region, including $1 million new tax revenue to the Grandview School District.
Modernization and Innovation
This project represents a significant part of Federal government’s focus on modernization and infrastructure investment. As one of the only LEED® Gold-rated manufacturing facilities, the modern campus showcases innovation and cost savings by reducing our footprint by 50 percent and highlights environmentally friendly features and innovative space management.