LANL Construction: Pajarito Corridor


Latest on project funding, planning
October 21, 2011

The federal budget (including funds for construction and environmental cleanup) is still being developed by Congress.

See latest map of existing and proposed project planning (2011-2020).

Website under construction
October 21, 2011

A revised website for the Pajarito Corridor construction project is in development. The updated site will be launched as soon as final details are approved.

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Lab wins DOE environmental sustainability award - October 20, 2010

LANL received an Environmental Sustainability (EStar) award from the DOE for integrating sustainable practices in its design for the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB), part of the CMRR construction project, and received a plaque at the Green Government Conference in Washington, D.C. The CMRR Project is on track for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

EStar awards recognize excellence in pollution prevention and sustainable environmental stewardship, and are awarded for project and programs that reduce environmental impacts, enhance site operations, and reduce costs. “We’re very proud of the RLUOB team’s award,” said Kevin Smith, manager of the NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office. "Designing for environmental sustainability is at the heart of being good stewards of the environment, and it also helps NNSA meet the energy reduction goals established by President Obama."

The RLUOB Integrated Planning, Design, Procurement, and Construction project integrates a number of sustainability practices. These include sustainable site selection and development, reduced water use, optimized energy performance, use of products manufactured locally with recycled content, and enhanced indoor quality. Further, the project recycled or reused more than 80 percent of the materials generated during construction to avoid disposal in a landfill.

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NNSA to analyze environmental impact of CMRR Project - October 7, 2010

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) published a notice of intent in the Federal Register detailing its decision to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts of construction and operation of the nuclear facility portion of the CMRR project. The original EIS was conducted in 2003 and since that time NNSA and LANL have incorporated additional safety measures into plans for the project.

The SEIS process, which is open to the public, involves a 30-day comment period (ending November 1) and two public scoping meetings. The first meeting will be held on October 19 at the White Rock Town Hall, 139 Longview Drive, Los Alamos, NM. The second hearing is October 20 at the Cities of Gold Casino Hotel in Pojoaque, NM. Both meetings will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. Read the SEIS notice of intent.

A recent NNSA news release stated that the new facility would consolidate and relocate existing capabilities at LANL to ensure that NNSA can maintain the safety, security and effectiveness of the nuclear stockpile, and benefit other NNSA missions including nonproliferation, primary physics, basic science, medical isotopes, and technology development for waste treatment and minimization.

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Pajarito road busy with construction - September 2, 2010

Have you ridden down Pajarito Road lately? It’s a bustle of construction activity. According to Tom McKinney, Associate Director for Project Management and Site Services, it’s only going to get busier! Based on anticipated funding, major construction will continue along the stretch of Pajarito Road between TA-48 and TA-46 from 2010 to 2020, enhancing LANL's future research capability and missions, and remediating environmental issues from past missions.

The good news is that construction projects will provide growth and prosperity for LANL, our local community, and the northern New Mexico economy. Funding for construction and development also means an endorsement at the highest levels for our national security mission.

The bad news is that it will be inconvenient. The introduction of large-scale construction will bring dramatic changes to area infrastructure which, in turn, will affect normal operations, including traffic flow, utilities, parking, safety and security, and recreational activities in the area.

To manage this venture, the Pajarito Corridor Integration Project has been developed and personnel have begun coordinating the interface, with affected parties, between construction activity and ongoing operations, and a real-time, master integrated schedule is in place to identify, record, and deal with project issues as they arise.

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LANL construction forum draws hundreds - June 16, 2010

About 300 interested individuals attended a community forum on June 16, 2010, in Española sponsored by LANL. Attendees learned about planned construction projects and potential economic development opportunities at the Lab, a number of which are beginning and will continue for several years along Pajarito Road, an access-controlled road on LANL property between Los Alamos and White Rock.

Construction projects include legacy cleanup initiatives, waste treatment facilities, enhanced security infrastructure for the Lab’s plutonium facility, and the building of a replacement laboratory for chemistry and metallurgy sciences. LANL’s Deputy Director, Isaac "Ike" Richardson, said the forum was intended to give the public and other interested parties first-hand knowledge about the projects. "We are anticipating, over the course of about a decade, [creating] up to a thousand new jobs mostly in construction crafts. Almost all will be hired through subcontractors."

Richardson reminded the audience that construction projects at LANL are subject to funding that must be approved by Congress. Tom McKinney, LANL's associate director for Project Management and Site Services, said cultural and environmental impact studies [along the Pajarito Corridor] have been completed while additional studies on local traffic impacts and utility needs are underway.

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