Project Management Awards Presented to Office of Science Projects

March 14, 2018

Congratulations are extended to the three Office of Science projects who recently received a 2018 Department of Energy Project Management Achievement Award:  the 12 GeV CEBAF Upgrade Project, the NSLS-II Experimental Tools (NEXT) Project, and the Science and User Support Building (SUSB).

The Department of Energy Achievement Award is presented to an individual and/or team who have demonstrated significant results in completing a project within cost and schedule.  

Award nominations were coordinated by the SC Office of Project Assessment in cooperation with the corresponding program office and site office, and submitted to the Office of Project Management Oversight and Assessments for review and judging in December 2017.  To qualify for an award, each of the projects must have been:  managed in accordance with DOE Order 413.3B, Program and Project Management for the Acquisition of Capital Assets; completed within the past fiscal year; and delivered on schedule, within budget and fully capable of meeting mission performance, safeguards and security, and environmental safety, and health standards.

All three of the nominated SC projects were honored with an Achievement Award at the 2018 DOE Project Management Workshop in Arlington, Virginia on March 14, 2018.  Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes presented the awards to the recipients.  

The 12 GeV CEBAF Upgrade Project

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Using the world’s most advanced particle accelerator for investigating quark structure, the
12 GeV Upgrade project enables researchers to “see” objects a million times smaller than an atom.  The 12 GeV Upgrade project added 10 new, high-performance accelerating cryomodules constructed with the highest gradient state-of-the-art superconducting cavities, 3 new spectrometer systems requiring 7 unique superconducting magnets, and 32 new detector subsystems built with 87,000 sensors.  New electronics and computing systems will handle the expected 34 trillion bytes of data recorded per day.  Additionally, the 12 GeV CEBAF Upgrade project will enable discovery of full three-dimensional structure of quarks in nuclei and provide physicists deeper insights into the nature of the universe.  The project team is commended for overcoming significant project challenges, and delivering this complex, $338 million project on budget and schedule.



Portion of the underground tunnel housing the upgraded and the new recirculation magnets that steer the electron beam into the linear accelerator (north) section.  Inset:  Hall B: CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS12)  



Michael Epps


Mr. Michael Epps, Federal Project Director accepts the award for the 12 GeV CEBAF Upgrade Project from Under Secretary Menezes.  His colleagues from left to right: Dr. Leigh Harwood, Associate Project Manager for Accelerator Systems, TJNAF; Dr. Allison Lung, Chief Planning Officer and Project, TJNAF; Dr. Jehanne Gillo, Director of the Facilities and Project Management Division, Office of Nuclear Physics, SC; and  Mr. James Hawkins, Program Manager for Major Initiatives, Office of Nuclear Physics, SC.

National Synchrotron Light Source II Experimental Tools (NEXT)

Brookhaven National Laboratory

The NEXT project enhances the world-leading brightness and stability performance of the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) facility by delivering five new beamlines (experimental stations) that define the state-of-the art in their respective mission areas:  Electron SpectroMicroscopy (ESM), In-Situ and Resonant Scattering (ISR), Inner Shell Spectroscopy (ISS), Soft Inelastic X-ray (SIX) and Soft Matter Interfaces (SMI).  All five of the NEXT beamlines are world-class, and offer unique and advanced scientific capabilities to researchers at NSLS-II.  The NEXT project team is commended for completing the project on budget and under schedule, and for delivering instruments to NSLS-II that will be paying scientific dividends for years to come.



The NSLS-II Facility, surrounded by the five NEXT project instruments.

Robert Caradonna


Mr. Robert Caradonna, Federal Project Director accepts the award for the NEXT project from Under Secretary Menezes.  His colleagues from left to right:  Dr. Erik Johnson, Deputy Director for Construction, NSLS-II, BNL; Dr. Jeffrey Keister, NEXT Deputy Project Manager, BNL; Dr. Philip Kraushaar, NEXT Program Manager, Scientific User Facility Division, Basic Energy Sciences, SC; Dr. Steven Hulbert, NEXT Project Manager, BNL.

Science and User Support Building (SUSB)

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

The SUSB provides a functional and attractive signature building that serves as the Laboratory’s “front door” to SLAC visitors, users, and employees.  Located just inside of the SLAC main entrance, the 62,000 gsf LEED Gold/HSPB building houses user, visitor, and administrative services that enhance SLAC’s productivity and collaboration.  The SUSB serves as the laboratory’s primary space for special events, conferences, and reviews, as well as features a modern interactive visitor’s center and orientation theater.  The diverse spaces within SUSB, including conference spaces, auditorium and cafeteria, will help foster a culture of collaboration, discovery and innovation for many years to come.  The project team is commended for completing the high-profile SUSB project on budget and schedule.


Science and User Support Building (SUSB)


Hannibal Joma

Mr. Hannibal Joma, Federal Project Director accepts the award for the SUSB project from Under Secretary Menezes.  His colleagues from left to right:  Mr. Brian Sherin, SUSB Deputy Director, SLAC; Mr. Chandler Eason, SUSB Project Director, SLAC; Mr. Marcus Jones, Office of Science Director for Safety and Security Policy, SC; Mr. Gary Brown, SUSB Program Manager, Science Laboratories Infrastructure, SC.