Chad Henderson of Richland has been named the Department of Energy project director of the year for his work leading a team in charge of the new Physical Sciences Facility at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu was to present the award to Henderson on Wednesday. Henderson, a certified federal project director and professional engineer, works for the DOE's Pacific Northwest Site Office.
Henderson was honored for his leadership and project management skills since he took on the project in late 2004.
"Chad demonstrated to American taxpayers that DOE can complete unique and complicated projects within the approved cost and schedule," said Dan Lehman, director of the DOE's Office of Science's Office of Project Assessment, in a statement.
The $224 million Physical Sciences Facility was part of a project to replace PNNL buildings being torn down at Hanford's 300 Area.
The new facility includes laboratories, radiological space, clean rooms and a deep underground lab. Five new structures were built and the 325 Building at Hanford was improved so it could be used longer.
The project was complicated by a mix of federal agencies needing to use the new facility and contributing money to it, sometimes on an uncertain schedule.
"Chad anticipated problems, prepared contingency plans and developed innovative solutions to actively manage the project's risks," said Julie Erickson, acting manager of the DOE Pacific Northwest Site Office, in a statement. "As a result he conserved project funds."