Energy Secretary recognizes exceptional project management at Los Alamos

The Exascale Class Computing Cooling Equipment project lauded for its under-budget and ahead-of-schedule completion

July 19, 2021

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Members of the ECCCE project team stand in front of some of the cooling equipment they installed at the Strategic Computing Complex at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, N.M., July 19, 2021—The team responsible for managing the Exascale Class Computing Cooling Equipment (ECCCE) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized by the Secretary of Energy with an Achievement Award last week. Construction of the project was completed last year, 10 months early and $20 million under budget.

“The ECCCE project required bringing 5,200 tons of cooling capacity to our strategic computing center,” said Kathye Segala, Associate Laboratory Director for Capital Projects at Los Alamos. “This successful project greatly improved the Laboratory’s high-performance computing capability and, by extension, our nation’s nuclear deterrent, well into the future.”

Each year, the Department of Energy recognizes projects that have demonstrated excellence in project management. Specifically, the Secretary's Achievement Award is presented to project teams that have demonstrated significant results in completing projects under budget and ahead of schedule. This year, Los Alamos was one of three National Nuclear Security Administration laboratories to win the award.

“Each of these teams represents the best of what NNSA has to offer,” said Bob Raines, Associate Administrator of the Acquisition and Project Management, when presenting the awards. “Dedicated to our national security mission, they go above and beyond using innovation and perseverance to deliver that mission on budget and schedule.”

“It is a great honor and privilege to have been part of the ECCCE team and have the project recognized by Department of Energy by granting us this award,” noted Gabriella Lopez-Escobedo (WIPO), who served as the project manager.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.