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UPF Federal Project Director John Eschenberg and UPF Project Director Brian Reilly shake hands after signing a partnering agreement, with the government and contractor officials promising to work together as a cohesive team. Front row, left to right: Bill Priest, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC; Eschenberg, Uranium Processing Facility Project Office; Reilly, CNS; Dale Christenson, UPO. Back row, left to right: Joe Brown, CNS; Brant Morowski, CNS; Mike Pratt, CNS; Jim Sowers, CNS; Matt Crookshanks, CNS; John Clayton, UPO; Art Haugh, UPO; Laurie Folden, UPO; Steve Wellbaum, UPO.

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Uranium Processing Facility Project Office and the Consolidated Nuclear Security, the government’s new managing contractor at Y-12 and Pantex, have signed a partnering agreement in which they promised to work together as one to get the big project done in the most cohesive and effective way.

Officials to information released by the NNSA, partnering is an “industry best practice” that’s been used by other federal agencies and large commercial construction projects.

In a statement, the NNSA’s Federal Project Director John Eschenberg said, “The UPF partnering agreement is an important step to ensure our team carries out its mission to deliver a new UPF, a key infrastructure investment for our country, with Building 9212 capabilities, for not more than $6.5 billion by 2025.”

Brian Reilly, Eschenberg’s contractor counterpart with Consolidated Nuclear Security, said, “This agreement, which has been signed by 25 of the leaders of the project from both UPO and CNS, is a joint acknowledgement that there is one UPF team comprised of contractor and federal staff, and that we will only succeed by working together.”

According to the news release, the agreement “emphasizes a collaborative approach to problem-solving and issue resolution focused on early identification and rapid communication.”

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