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Construction of the Sandia/New Mexico Ion Beam Laboratory (IBL) was completed last fall after two years of work. The project had zero recordable and lost-time injuries. The IBL also achieved Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design Gold certification for New Construction from the US Green Building Council. Completion of IBL ahead of schedule and under budget upholds Sandia’s record for completing congressional line-item construction projects on time and under budget 100 percent since 1988, when Sandia took over execution of such projects from DOE. (4800) NW

Custodial Services in the Facilities Management and Operations Center received numerous awards in a competition that included the cleaning teams of several major institutions and commercial businesses. Among the awards were Best Cleaning Industry safety and health program, Outstanding Cleaning Worker, and the Green Cleaning Program of Excellence. Participation by Custodial Services was also essential in achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for Bldg. 750 in the Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system of the US Green Building Council. (4800) IES

The Sandia Energy Management program implemented $1.5 million in energy projects in FY10. Examples of these projects included upgrading building lighting using more energy-efficient lamps, installing occupancy sensors, installing photovoltaic street lamps, installing a free-cooling exchanger in Bldg. 962, installing variable frequency drives in Bldg. 986, using automatic standby features for computers when not in use, and retro-commissioning eight buildings. These projects will save $1.03 million in energy costs and reduce energy use by 30 billion British thermal units (BTUs). (4800) IES

Working with SMUs, the Facilities Management and Operations Center has prepared the Site Development Plan Supporting National Security Missions at Sandia/New Mexico to guide campus planning and prioritize investments for nuclear, cyber, energy, intelligence, and other mission work for DOE, NNSA, and WFO. The plan promotes efficiency and effectiveness in facilities and infrastructure, while also identifying safety, security, and employee amenity needs for attracting and retaining a highly qualified workforce. The plan emphasizes Tech Area I improvements to create a more robust Sandia national security complex. (4800) IES

The Red Sky and Red Mesa computing platforms service the simulation and modeling needs of all Sandia SMUs and support growing demand at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory under a cooperative agreement between the labs. Computer users are allocated time on the systems in proportion to their budget subscriptions. The combined systems, jointly developed by Sun/Oracle and Sandia, ranked 10th in the TOP500 listing of major computers worldwide in June 2010. (9300, 1400, 6100) All SMUs

Each citation is followed by the center numbers of centers that contributed most directly to the effort described. An acronym after each accomplishment indicates which of Sandia’s strategic management units (SMUs) or strategic management groups (SMGs) the work most directly supported.

The SMG/SMU acronyms are:

  • NW: Nuclear Weapons SMG & SMU
  • DS & A: Defense Systems & Assessments SMU
  • IHNS: International, Homeland, and Nuclear Security SMU
  • ECIS: Energy, Climate, and Infrastructure SMU
  • IES: Integrated Enabling Services SMU
  • SPP: Sandia Partnership Projects