Confidential Nuclear Power Facility – Conceptual Design (Step 1A)

A nuclear power facility in the Southeastern U.S. is improving their operating efficiencies, continuing to foster a spirit of excellence in their work and workplace, and improving their maintenance facilities. The existing plant maintenance buildings were built in the late 1960’s with subsequent revisions over the years. Built as temporary buildings, they outlived their useful life, were too small, deteriorating, and parts of the buildings are condemned.

Project Description: 

A nuclear power facility in the Southeastern U.S. is improving their operating efficiencies, continuing to foster a spirit of excellence in their work and workplace, and improving their maintenance facilities. The existing plant maintenance buildings were built in the late 1960’s with subsequent revisions over the years. Built as temporary buildings, they outlived their useful life, were too small, deteriorating, and parts of the buildings are condemned.

In addition, the maintenance staff was larger and new technologies were introduced to increase their efficiencies. The client wanted to consolidate its maintenance functions closer to its work areas in the Service Building, Turbine Buildings and Reactor Buildings. Besides improvements for Maintenance, other operational enhancements included new areas for Operations, Work Control, Chemistry, Radiation Protection and other departments.

Following the successful completion of a Programming Validation Study for this nuclear facility, The Austin Company provided Conceptual Design services for the proposed new facility. Austin’s Conceptual Design services included: definition of the scope of work for the new maintenance building within the Protected Area, which involved demolition of four failing buildings and consolidation of the maintenance functions into one location.

Additional design objectives for the new maintenance building included:

  • Addition of a Weld Shop 
  • Organization of Maintenance Departments, Operations and Work Control Department into an efficient work environment 
  • Improving the working environment to make it safer and more secure
  • Increasing the number of large and small meeting and briefing rooms
  • Provision of a cafeteria and meeting space for All-Hands Meetings
  • Incorporation of mission critical functions into an improved and a more secure envelope, including: Emergency Preparedness, Fire Ops, Medical Center and Security
  • Provision of cost-effective mechanical and electrical systems
  • Preparation of an Order of Magnitude Construction Cost Estimate and Milestone Schedule

The area for the proposed new and remodeled building area totaled 185,000 SF. Additional features to be considered around this congested building site included the Service Building, Rad Waste Evaporator Building, Diesel Generator Building, the Main North-South Entry Road, West Old Portal Building, Retired CAS Building and Maintenance Building.

Austin prepared a final Conceptual Design (Step 1A) report with a detailed project scope, inclusive of a programming report, building floor plans, building elevations, outline narrative of construction materials, Milestone Schedule, and Order of Magnitude Construction Cost Estimate, for the client’s consideration and approval.

Project Stats: 

Austin Services Provided: Conceptual Design 

Location: 

Southeastern U.S

Project Client: 

Confidential Nuclear Power Facility 

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