Kicking off the Far Site construction

Kickoff meeting participants at SURF. Credit: Julie Dahl

Just before the ground-breaking in July, Fermi Research Alliance (FRA) awarded the contract for the LBNF Far Site construction to Kiewit/Alberici Joint Venture (KAJV). Barely a month later, LBNF and KAJV held their kick-off meeting at SURF to review contractual issues and expectations, establish the initial steps and deliverables, and establish communication channels.

Troy Lark (center) with others in the Ross Hoist building at SURF examining the hoisting equipment and operations. Credit: Emily Collett

Troy Lark is the lead LBNF Procurement Manager for this contract.

The architectural/engineering firm Arup is designing the far site excavations and provided to LBNF the pre-excavation engineering drawings that KAJV will follow. LBNF made clear that whereas KAJV is encouraged to identify any concerns, no major design changes will be considered for this scope of work.

Leading off the meeting, LBNF Project Director Chris Mossey emphasized the project’s critical importance – to the labs involved, to the global neutrino physics community, and to the world’s understanding of the universe.  He also pointed out that the project will be closely scrutinized, “as it should be.”

“We need to work safely and be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money,” Mossey said. He and Lark both expressed confidence in the LBNF-KAJV partnership.

Josh Willhite, LBNF Far Site Conventional Facilities Deputy Project Manager, remarked on the KAJV team’s strong commitment to safety.

“The KAJV team discusses safety as a part of doing business, it’s not a separate topic to them,” he said, also noting that when the attendees separated into smaller groups, the Kiewit project executive chose to join the ESH discussion.

Willhite also observed that while the LBNF Far Site excavation is not a particularly large project for these firms, it is clearly one of the most interesting.

“It’s not every day they get to create a space for a world-class science experiment,” he said. “And the deep underground location presents a unique layout and many new and different tasks. They seem to view it as a new challenge.”

In the first phase of work for the pre-excavation scope KAJV will develop bid packages and initiate the subcontractor bidding process.  They intend to reach out to local and regional subcontractors via “meet and greets” and and host pre-bid conferences.