Last of buildings removed from LANL TA-21

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The lab received $212 million in Recovery Act funding to perform the work

By The Staff

On Dec. 21, Recovery Act workers finished tearing down the last and largest of the 24 buildings and structures slated for removal with Recovery Act fund­ing at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 21 (TA-21).
The project is on track to be completed six months ahead of schedule that produced $16 million in savings. TA- 21 housed Manhattan Project and Cold War facilities, many of which were built as long ago as the 1940s.
The Lab received $212 million in Recovery Act funding to perform environmental remediation work, including the TA-21 building demo­lition project, excavation of Material Disposal Area B (MDA-B), the Lab’s oldest waste disposal site, and the installation of 16 ground­water monitoring wells. The Lab used Recovery Act funding to hire 444 workers.
About $73 million funded the decontamination and demolition of the buildings and structures at TA-21, which reduced the Lab’s footprint by 175,000 square feet. Efficient contracting and waste segregation saved about $16 million, which went toward additional work at TA-21 and MDA-B.
“The Recovery Act allowed us to do a whole lot of work well ahead of schedule,” said Al Chaloupka, project director of building demolition at TA-21. “Our crews were thoroughly prepared and performed this work quickly, efficiently and safely.”

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