In the Cold War era, it was the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex. Now, the preferred name is National Security Enterprise.
The name is an umbrella term for the mission of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which is to manage and safeguard the United States’ nuclear weapons, nuclear proliferation and naval reactor programs.
The single biggest piece of the NNSA’s operations is the newly constructed, 1.5 million square foot National Security Campus on 180 acres on the south side of Kansas City, Missouri. The campus, which is dedicated largely to testing and manufacturing the nonnuclear components for the nation’s nuclear weapons, is also known by its historical name: the Kansas City Plant, or KCP. Essentially a highly secure manufacturing and research facility, the new KCP was designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating—a state-of-the-art green facility projected to save the federal government about $100 million annually in operating costs and reduce energy consumption by more than 50 percent.
GeographyKansas City, Missouri
Project EnvironmentLEED Gold manufacturing facility occupying 180-acre National Security Campus. Four three-story buildings.
Time Frame for Field Work10 months.
ManpowerPeak: 28 installers per day including 10-person wall crew and 18-person crew for systems and ancillary.
Low: 8 installers per day.
Typical (systems only):
14 installers per day.
Installed ProductKnoll AutoStrada workstations, private offices and ancillary. KI architectural glass walls and doors. Common workplace appliances.
Multi Systems Installation, the Kansas City-based member of FSN, spent the last 10 months creating work spaces for the engineers, scientists, technicians, administrators and others who make up the "office worker" portion of the approximately 2,800 people at KCP. About 2,500 of those people are employees of Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, which has the contract to manage and operate KCP. Other contractors account for another 200 and the rest work directly for NNSA.
MSI fulfilled three scopes of work for the KCP project:
- Receive and install 2,000 Knoll AutoStrada workstations, 100 Knoll Reff private offices, ancillary furnishings and more than 3,000 chairs for Spaces, the premier Knoll dealer in Kansas City.
- Receive and install KI architectural glass walls and doors totaling 3,500 linear feet for KI.
- Coordinate all electrical and plumbing rough-in and installation and receive and install common workplace appliances for the federal prime contractor, Honeywell.
The installations involved four buildings, three floors per building.
Site conditions—An active construction site, and in this case a very large site, creates frequently changing traffic patterns and access points, competition for building access, critical safety requirements and the need for all trades on site to accommodate each other and develop appropriate workarounds for scheduling and manning.
Long and sometimes vertical pushes—With floor plates as large as the ones at the KCP, you can pretty much count on a lot of long pushes to get product to the point of installation. At one building, the MSI team had to use a large outdoor forklift supplied by the general contractor to hoist 1,700 linear feet of architectural wall to the third floor.
Tight security—There were a number of security-related situations to cope with. All MSI personnel working on site had to first pass a federal background check. Drivers from Canada were not allowed on site, a regulation necessitating additional coordination on certain product deliveries. Once end users began to occupy a site, all installer movement required a security escort. Installation work in high-security areas had to be accomplished without benefit of phone or email; in those situations, appropriate MSI people were issued specially secured, receive-only pagers to use in coordinating the activity.
The MSI teams' efforts were widely hailed throughout the marathon installation. One person who was quite specific in her feedback to MSI's owner and president, Rick Kelly, was the project manager for Spaces. As the job was winding down, just a few weeks ago, she wrote:
"[Your foreman] and his crew have been amazing to work with at Honeywell. As the project manager, I can say that my job would have been much harder with any other installation crew. They exceeded our expectations throughout the install that began on June 25th and continues through today. There were nine buildings to complete from June 25th through May 1st, which included approximately 1,600 stations and receiving of approximately 120 trucks. The crew was professional, great attention to detail, on time and on budget, and friendly during a very intense install of 120 stations per week with a total of 1,340 stations from June 25th through November 15th. I would highly recommend MSI to any client on my list. Thanks again and we look forward to working with you on future projects!"