Bechtel was the senior industrial partner on a team managing Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2006 to 2018.
Los Alamos helps maintain the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear stockpile. It also conducts research for new defense programs as well as for a wide range of global security missions. The laboratory, near Santa Fe in northern New Mexico, addresses such problems as energy security, climate change, terrorism, and nuclear weapons proliferation. Focus areas include space exploration, geophysics, materials science, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.
- Improved worker safety to the Laboratory's best levels in its 75-year history
- Achieved "Star" Status in the Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program, a grass-roots worker safety program
- Enabled completion of the Lab’s principal mission each year: the certification to the U.S. president of the nuclear weapons stockpile as safe, secure, and effective – and all of the scientific work behind those annual certifications
- Completed or installed three of the world’s fastest supercomputers: Roadrunner, Cielo, and now Trinity, for computer simulations of complex systems such as climate modeling and nuclear defense. Trinity is capable of 41-thousand-million operations per second, or 41 petaflops.
- Completed major capital infrastructure improvement projects including the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building, the new Transuranic Waste Facility, a multi-layer perimeter security safeguards system and major seismic safety improvements for the Laboratory’s plutonium facility, and a low-level waste facility
- Contributed an average of $3 million per year of corporate fee to education, economic development, and charitable giving to northern New Mexico communities
- Hired and developed thousands of new employees with high-level security clearances to strengthen a talent pipeline facing a wave of retirements
- Maintained or improved rates of scholarly publication to scientific journals
- Repeatedly recognized by the customer for achievements in sustainability and waste minimization, earning more sustainability awards in 2018 than any other DOE site
With our partners at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, we launched the Venture Acceleration Fund to help local entrepreneurs create new businesses, grow existing ones, and diversify the local economy. The fund garnered the entrepreneurship award from the International Economic Development Council, the world’s largest membership organization promoting economic development.
The primary mission of both labs remains the U.S. nuclear deterrent. At the same time, society benefits from an extremely wide range of science, technology, and engineering innovation. The work from each of these laboratories advances everything from industrial efficiency to medicine to energy security.