One of the largest industrial moves in the U.S. is past the half-way point and employees are celebrating working 3.6 million hours safely during the move. The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Plant is relocating to a new National Security Campus in Kansas City, Missouri. The modern campus showcases innovation and cost savings, highlighted by environmentally friendly features and innovative space management.
The massive relocation of the manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Mo. to the new National Security Campus began in January 2013. The relocation teams have 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 in August 2014, about 3,000 truckloads will have transported thousands of pieces of equipment and 30,000 crates – which if stacked would be more than 5 times the height of Mount Everest.
The National Security Campus is a significant part of NNSA's shift from a Cold War era nuclear weapons complex into a more efficient 21st century Nuclear Security Enterprise. The smaller, more efficient facility maintains the capability to assure the reliability, safety, and security of our nation's nuclear deterrent.
The construction of the National Security Campus was critical to keeping more than 2,500 highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs in Kansas City and revitalized the construction industry by generating more than 1,000 new construction jobs. It has boosted 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.
Several years of significant planning and project management by NNSA’s prime contractor, Honeywell FM&T, has laid the foundation for a successful relocation while maintaining dual operations at both facilities for uninterrupted delivery of KCP’s mission critical components.
Energy efficiency is a key feature of the new facility, which is certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-rated green campus. It’s expected to save an estimated $150 million in operating costs from a combination of overhead reduction and sustainable strategies that cut energy consumption by more than 50 percent.