Building 235 Expansion

Client: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Type: Design-Bid-Build
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Completed: In Progress
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    Project Notes:
  • The design was prepared on an accelerated timeline in order to facilitate the nuclear plant outage schedule.
  • Following the design Phase, NIKA will provide Construction Administration services.
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $13M

NIKA led the design effort for several infrastructure modifications associated with the NCNR Expansion project.  The overall Expansion Project, for which NIKA had prepared the original bridging documents, included the addition of a new wing (Guide Hall) and Technical Support Building (TSB) to facilitate research activities at this nuclear research reactor.  Subsequent to the award of the Design-Build contract for the Guide Hall and the TSB, NIKA was asked to prepare the 100% construction documents for the infrastructure improvements, which included redesign of the main roadway around the site; addition of two cells to the existing cooling tower; relocation of the plant’s Secondary Cooling Water system components (pumps, strainers, heat exchangers, etc.) from the existing pump room to a new pump house (including the design of the 350 sq. ft. building); design of a new Compressor Building; a new 1,500 KVA substation to service the new equipment; and design of all associated site utility relocations.  Project involved close coordination with existing plant systems to ensure seamless operation upon tie-in to the existing systems.  The design involved major complex process systems, including the Secondary Cooling Water system, which operates via four 250 GPM vertical split case pumps and 100 micron strainers.  The process controls were designed to interface with the existing main control room, to ensure the systems operated properly and that the plant operators had the necessary data to monitor the critical process systems.

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