Work begins on National Nuclear Security Administration HQ in US


US-based Caddell Construction has broken ground on the $174m National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) headquarters at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US.

The three-storey, 334,000ft² building will accommodate 1,200 employees and include modern offices, data centres, fitness centre, secure areas, and vault-type areas and rooms.

Caddell vice president of operations Bob Nanney said: “Caddell is honoured to be building this important new facility and looks forward to working closely with the government and our local partners to deliver a first class headquarters that will serve the NNSA for many years to come.”

Caddell had secured the contract for the new NNSA headquarters building, one of the most sophisticated facilities of its kind in the world, in April 2018.

The new headquarters will replace an existing complex of 25 buildings with a single, modern facility. The project has been designed to achieve LEED Gold accreditation.

Bob Nanney, construction executive Tyler Stephens, Caddell project manager Steve Durborow, DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, US Senator Martin Heinrich; US Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham; Cheree Peterson and Dale Caswell from the US Army Corps of Engineers were among those who attended the programme.

Earlier in May 2018, Caddell broke ground on the new $153m US Embassy in Kenya.

The new facility will include a new office annex, support annex, Marine Guard quarters, service compound access control, utility building, parking structure, and perimeter wall. The company will take up renovations to the existing Chancery and USAID buildings.

Caddell will build the new facilities while the Embassy continues full operations.

Washington-based Integrus Architecture has been appointed design partner for the project, which is scheduled for completion in September 2021.

Also in May 2018, Caddell secured a Notice-to-Proceed from the Alabama Public Health Care Authority to construct a new Alabama Department of Public Health (ADHP) State Health Laboratory Facility in Prattville, Alabama.

The 65,000ft² one-storey laboratory will include 21,000ft² of Biosafety Level-2 laboratories for work involving agents of moderate potential hazard to personnel and the environment, and 4,500ft² of Biosafety Level-3 laboratories for work involving microbes which can cause serious and potentially lethal disease if inhaled.

The contract is valued at$25.2m.


Image: Caddell Construction breaks ground on NNSA headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo: courtesy of Caddell Construction Co. (DE) LLC.

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