Akima Construction Services Completes New Buildings for U.S. Department of Energy

Opening the Savannah River Site’s new engineering building are (from left): Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Senior Vice President for NNSA Operations & Programs, Dennis Donati; NNSA Savannah River Site Office Manager, Doug Dearolph; and Akima Construction Services President, Paul Karmanzinski.

A ribbon-cutting on Feb. 1 at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site opened the door to the first of two new buildings that are scheduled for occupancy this year as part of its modernization program. Akima Construction Services, LLC was responsible for the design, construction, and furnishing of both buildings–the 16,000 square feet engineering building and the 12,000 square feet process support building.

The engineering building is one of the cornerstones of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s long-term plan to modernize and consolidate the Savannah River Site (SRS) tritium facilities as part of its mission to turn a Cold War nuclear weapons complex into a 21st century nuclear security enterprise.

Addressing the crowd of employees gathered to witness the ribbon-cutting, NNSA Savannah River Site Office Manager Doug Dearolph credited the excellent partnership, teamwork and collaboration among NNSA, SRS management and operating contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, and construction contractor Akima Construction Services for completing the building with zero accidents and on budget.

The new Engineering Building, which will provide office space for nearly 100 engineers, is the first building in the SRS that will meet the guiding principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings. The guiding principles cover integrated design principles, optimized energy performance, water conservation, indoor environmental quality, and reduced environmental impact of materials.