Construction ready to spring forward
March 30, 2009
Construction continues to move at a rapid pace at the Pueblo
Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant project site. By
summer, the construction of the PCAPP project is expected to be 30
Vertical construction efforts are ongoing, with structural steel beams
for the Agent Processing Building going up in the east end
of the building since late September. Vertical construction of the
Enhanced Reconfiguration Building is scheduled to begin in
January. The structural steel beams will eventually form the shells of
these two main processing buildings.
"By spring, vertical construction of the APB should be complete,
and vertical construction of the ERB should be substantially
complete," said Bechtel Site Superintendent Steve Thieme.
In addition to increased vertical construction, the PCAPP team is
looking forward to the warmer spring weather because it means
more construction workers at the site. Pipe fitters and electricians
are among the additional craft workers who will be installing and
setting various equipment and working on the pipe rack, utility
building, APB and the ERB. Construction staff is expected to total
225 by April.
Looking ahead to the summer, hiring by teaming partner URS/
Washington Demilitarization Company will begin. By July,
approximately 25 additional people will be hired for PCAPP
systemization, which is the step that precedes operations.