Moving toward Far Site construction with CM/GC

Troy Lark (Fermilab) visiting SURF

The Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) plans to utilize a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) strategy to construct the Far Site facility. The CM/GC delivery method involves contracting with a firm to provide services during multiple phases of the design and construction.

The CM/GC will initially provide support during the final design phase of the facility. They will work with the project team and design engineers to assist with schedules, phasing, estimates, design reviews, and subcontractor bid package development.

Upon completion of the design, and if the CM/GC performance is satisfactory, Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA), which manages Fermilab for the DOE Office of Science, will award the construction phase of the project to the CM/GC. At this point the CM/GC will finalize construction work packages and, upon approval, add this work to the contract.

During the final phase of the CM/GC scope the CM/GC would provide logistical support during the installation of the cryogenics and detector equipment and the receipt of liquid argon.

LBNF issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) last summer. Proposals from potential CM/GC firms are due at the end of January with an anticipated award of late spring or early summer 2017. This contract, valued at over $250M, is well over the $50M threshold at which contracts require approvals up through the highest levels of the DOE Office of Science contracting authority.

A tremendous amount of work has gone into the development of the CM/GC RFP procurement package. It is a true testament to the support and cooperation demonstrated by committed people at Fermilab, DOE, and within the LBNF Project that we have accomplished such a major undertaking. Without the leadership and full support of all the parties involved, we would not be moving forward to the start of Far Site construction.