Atkins breaks ground on new technology center near Hanford Site

September 20, 2022, 7:00AMRadwaste Solutions

Atkins Nuclear Secured Holding Corporation, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, celebrated the start of construction on its new, $20 million, state-of-the-art Atkins Technology Center (ATC) with a ground-breaking ceremony held on September 13 in Richland, Wash. Located near the Department of Energy’s Hanford nuclear reservation, the facility will be adjacent to the existing Atkins Engineering Laboratory.

“This is a $20 million investment into our local community and represents a significant commitment not only to the U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup goals, but also to Washington State University Tri-Cities and to the local Tri-Cities,” said Michael Alvarez, Richland’s mayor. “The ATC will allow students to be a part of engineering and technological innovation, which will attract and keep future generations of leaders right here in the Tri-Cities.”

Collaborative space: Constructed in partnership with Fowler General Construction, the ATC will feature 16,000 square feet of open, collaborative office space (similar to the global SNC-Lavalin Lava Labs) and another 16,000-square-foot high-bay testing area specifically purposed for developing innovative nuclear and environmental cleanup technologies, digital solutions, robotics, and the advancement of SNC-Lavalin’s Engineering Net Zero program.

“This is a big day for us and a very tangible demonstration of our commitment to this community and the important work being done at Hanford,” said Tom Jouvanis, president of Atkins Nuclear Secured. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnerships at Hanford and with the DOE, WSUTC, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Catholic University’s Vitreous State Laboratory to provide cutting-edge solutions.”

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