Project Management

Awards

2015

  • Secretary's Award of Excellence: National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II) Project at Brookhaven National Laboratory
    • The NSLS-II project team successfully constructed the Nation’s newest and most advanced light source.  The $912 million project provides researchers with x-rays more than 10,000 times brighter than the original NSLS, and capable of probing material structures as small as individual atoms and molecules.  Outstanding features of this immense project, which was completed over a decade, include 600,000 sf of conventional facility—a ½ mile “storage ring” building, and 5 laboratory office buildings; 2,500 tons of steel and 41,000 cubic yards of concrete; a 220 MeV linac; and more than 900 magnets.  The highly successful NSLS-II is a flagship, world-class light source, publishing its first scientific research prior to the project’s Critical Decision 4 approval.  The NSLS-II project is a proud and extraordinary achievement for the Department of Energy and the Nation.
  • Secretary's Award of Achievement: High Resolution and Mass Accuracy Capability Development (HRMAC) Project by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    • The HRMAC project at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, successfully delivered the world’s highest resolution mass spectrometer, closing a capability gap, and improving the ability to resolve, or distinguish, molecules with nearly similar size and mass, and to measure them to a very high level of accuracy.  The $17.5 million project developed a first-of-its-kind mass spectrometer, a first-of-its-kind high field magnet (21 Tesla), and a one-of-a-kind control system; and then integrated them all to produce a one-of-a-kind, mass spectrometer system.  This effort will enable advances in microbial community biology, biomass conversion to biofuels, carbon sequestration and climate change, environmental remediation, energy efficiency, and even national security.  The project team is commended for their outstanding ingenuity and innovative solutions to complex technical and vendor problems that enabled the project to compress the schedule and maintain the original CD-4 date even in the face of significant vendor delays.
  • Secretary's Award of Achievement: Large Liquid Argon Detector for Neutrino Physics (MicroBooNE) Project by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
    • The MicroBooNE project team successfully fabricated a unique, first-of-its-kind, 100-ton neutrino detector for the high energy physics program of discovery in neutrino science.  The $19 million project is a new type of experimental instrument called a Liquid Argon (LAr) Time Projection Chamber, designed to reconstruct, in space and time, the ionizing tracks of particles emanating from the interaction of an incident neutrino with an argon atom in the detector’s cryostat.  The project team initiated several new techniques never before tried at this scale: achieving required LAr purity without prior evacuation of the vessel; use of passive insulation as an economical solution over vacuum insulation; and the first ever implementation of cryogenically cold front-end electronics in a LAr Time Projection Chamber.  This effort marks a major contribution to the ultimate neutrino detector planned in the U.S.—the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.  The project team is commended for their ingenuity and outstanding planning to successfully complete the project early and obtain commissioning of the experiment prior to CD-4 approval.
  • Secretary's Award of Achievement: Research Support Building and Infrastructure Modernization Project by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    • The RSB project team successfully delivered 132,000 gsf of new and renovated space, offering modernized, sustainable work space for 30% of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory staff.  The $97 million project features: the 20,000 gsf Office Support Building, which is used for industrial fabrication, in addition to collocating the Facilities and Operations staff; the Administrative Support Building—a 44,000 gsf renovation that created a modern, progressive work environment for four of the laboratory’s support divisions; and the Research Support Building—a new 64,000 gsf, three-story structure, which collocated the DOE Site Office as well as several other key programs.  All three buildings received a LEED Gold certification.  The success of the RSB project is credited to the experienced and dedicated project management team, effective strategic planning, and robust risk management.
  • Federal Project Director of the Year: Frank Crescenzo, Federal Project Director at Brookhaven National Laboratory
    • For demonstrating exceptional leadership and project management acumen as Federal Project Director (FPD) for the $912 million National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II) Project at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Mr. Crescenzo led the NSLS-II project, the Nation’s newest and most advanced light source, for more than 10 years with exemplary communication and troubleshooting skills, a sense of humor, and a seldom matched dedication to the mission.  Mr. Crescenzo’s talent for providing clear and constructive guidance to the BNL project team, without being prescriptive, empowered team members, enable flexibility in developing solutions, and fostered an environment of open communications and cooperation.  Mr. Crescenzo represents the best of DOE leadership and management—his dedication to project success and his team’s exceptional performance contributed greatly to the NSLS-II project’s successful completion.

2014

  • Secretary's Award of Excellence: N umi Off-axis electron neutrino (νe) Appearance (NOνA) Project at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
    • The NOνA project team successfully constructed the nation’s premier neutrino experiment by upgrading the neutrino beam at Fermilab and constructing a massive 14-kiloton detector in Ash River, Minnesota, and a smaller 300 ton neutrino detector at Fermilab. The $274.0M project will provide deep insight into the fundamental processes involved in the formation of the universe and understanding the differences between matter and antimatter. The project team effectively led a large number of partner institutions—laboratories, universities, and domestic and foreign vendors to fabricate and assemble an immense number of state-of-the-art technical components. The NOνA project team produced a world-leading facility, which will keep the U.S. at the forefront of this important physics frontier.
  • Secretary's Award of Achievement: Energy Sciences Building (ESB) Project by Argonne National Laboratory
    • The ESB project team successfully delivered a new laboratory facility to advance the DOE and ANL mission to create technology that will transform the energy basis of the nation’s economy. Research conducted at ESB will have a lasting impact on how the nation will consume and conserve energy. The $95.96M project provides ANL with a state-of-the-art, high-performance laboratory and office building, including flexible laboratory space that can be reconfigured to accommodate changing research projects over the facility life cycle. In addition to achieving a LEED Gold certification, ESB was also received the American Council of Engineering Companies Engineering in Excellence Award; a Chicago Building Congress Merit Award; and the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Award for Excellence in Design. The success of the ESB project is credited to the experienced and dedicated project management team, robust project planning, comprehensive risk management, and timely scrutiny of project performance.
  • Secretary's Award of Achievement: Science's Seismic Life-Safety, Modernization, and Replacement of General Purpose Buildings, Phase 2 Project by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    • The Seismic Phase 2 project greatly improved seismic life safety at LBNL by demolishing or modernizing outdated, seismically deficient structures and replacing them with efficient, modern research space. The $97.0M project impacted 13 buildings in 4 geographical locations, and included construction of the new General Purpose Laboratory (GPL), a major modernization of Building 74, a seismic update to the Hazardous Waste Handling Facility, and demolition of 10 seismically deficient buildings and trailers. LBNL received the U.S. Green Building Council Award for the Green Renovation of Building 74. In addition, Building 74 received LBNL and SC’s first LEED Platinum certification, and the GPL received LEED Gold certification. With the completion of the Seismic Phase II project, LBNL’s GPL will be devoted to flagship centers in material sciences, energy storage research, and key biosciences programs. These achievements would not have been possible without the dedication and professionalism of the Seismic Phase II project team.
  • Federal Project Director of the Year: Pepin Carolan, Federal Project Director at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
    • For demonstrating exceptional leadership and project management acumen as Federal Project Director (FPD) for the $274.0 million Numi O ff-axis electron neutrino (νe) Appearance (NOνA) Project at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The NOνA project is the nation’s premier neutrino experiment, and included the construction of a massive 14-kiloton detector in Ash River, Minnesota and a smaller 300-ton neutrino detector at Fermilab, in addition to upgrading the neutrino beam at Fermilab. As NOνA’s FPD since 2005, Mr. Carolan’s leadership, attention to detail, keen technical understanding, and commitment to communicate were all key factors in overcoming the project’s significant challenges, including the project’s large scale, first-of-a-kind construction, the large number of partners, and other unforeseen project management issues. Mr. Carolan’s dedication to project success and his team’s exceptional performance resulted in the NOνA project’s successful completion.

2013

  • Secretary's Award of Achievement: Berkeley Laboratory Laser Accelerator Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Secretary's Award of Achievement: Interdisciplinary Science Building Project at Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Secretary's Award of Achievement: Technology Engineering and Development Facility Project at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

2012

  • Secretary's Award of Excellence: Building 51 and Bevatron Demolition Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Secretary's Award of Achievement: Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Detector Project by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Federal Project Director of the Year: Hannibal Joma, Federal Project Director at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

2011

  • Secretary's Award of Excellence: Physical Sciences Facility (PSF) Project, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Secretary's Award of Achievement: The Spallation Neutron Source Instruments - Next Generation Project (SING) Project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Secretary's Award of Improvement: Modernization of Laboratory Facilities (MLF) Project/Chemical and Materials Science Building at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Federal Project Director of the Year: David Arakawa, Federal Project Director at the Oak Ridge Site Office

2010

  • Secretary’s Award of Excellence: Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) project, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Secretary’s Award of Achievement: Main Injector Experiment to study v-A (MINERvA) at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Federal Project Director of the Year: Chad Henderson, Federal Project Director at the Pacific Northwest Site Office

2009

  • Secretary’s Award of Achievement: Transmission Electron Aberration-corrected Microscope (TEAM) project, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Federal Project Director of the Year: Hanley Lee, Federal Project Director at the Stanford Site Office

2008

2007

  • Excellence Award in Project Management: The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Award of Achievement in Project Management: Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Laboratory

2006

  • Excellence Award in Project Management: Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Award of Achievement in Project Management: Center for Nanoscale Material Sciences, Argonne National Laboratory

2004

  • Excellence Award in Acquisition: SPEAR 3, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
  • Acquisition Improvement Award: Laboratory for Comparative and Functional Genomics, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

1997

  • PMI Project of the Year Award: Advanced Photon Source (APS) Project, Argonne National Laboratory:
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