Tritium Extraction Facility, RHB and TPB Structures, Savannah River Site

Aiken, SC
Owner Department of Energy
General Contractor Bell
Schedule Duration 11/2000 to 03/2003
Contract Value $20MM

Project Overview

The Savannah River Site (SRS) complex is a key Department of Energy (DOE) industrial complex responsible for processing and storing nuclear materials in support of national defense and U.S. nuclear nonproliferation efforts. The site also develops and deploys technologies to improve the environment and treat nuclear and hazardous wastes left from the Cold War.

Bell constructed heavy reinforced concrete structures for both the Remote Handling Building (RHB) and the Tritium Processing Building (TPB) under its NQA-1 Nuclear Quality Assurance Program. The complexity of the project can be best seen from the quantities of materials and labor hours required to complete.  It produced: 25,000 cubic yards of reinforced concrete, 366 tons of radiation shield plates, six shield doors ranging in size up to168 tons, 215 tons of structural steel, two overhead cranes, and recorded 450,000 man-hours worked.