Imagine a city that has approximately 10,000 “residents” and is geographically larger than Los Angeles.
The city has more than 2.5 million square feet of managed facilities.
Its annual number of visitors exceeds its number of “residents.”
It has nearly 400 miles of roadway that are used daily by thousands of passenger vehicles, large trucks to transport 10,000 freight items a month and by the 1,500 pieces of heavy equipment that the city owns and operates.
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Traversing the city are 246 miles of electrical power lines with 6,000 power poles, along with 100 miles of waterlines used to carry the 321 million gallons of water used per year.
Naturally, the city is well equipped to provide 24-hour emergency operations, with 104 emergency response vehicles, three fire stations and hundreds of personnel trained to respond to any type of fire or public safety concern.
With more than 500 square miles of secure wireless communication services, thousands of computers, servers and mobile devices, and more than 7 million electronic records, many containing sensitive and protected information, the city must ward off upward of 16 million cyberattacks per month.
Now imagine that your organization is responsible for maintaining all of these critical infrastructure services. And do so while performing the work safely and in a compliant manner and working to maximize cost savings and avoidance.
Managing this “city” is quite a feat.
This is the everyday job of the employees of Mission Support Alliance (MSA). Since joining the team in February, I have been impressed with the high caliber of work that MSA employees perform in support of the Hanford cleanup mission. Through strong partnerships, ongoing innovation and alignment to cleanup priorities, MSA has demonstrated consistently dependable performance. We continue to safely provide the best in critical infrastructure services, such as roads and transportation services; electrical and water services; facility maintenance; emergency response (fire and patrol) services; network and software engineering; cybersecurity and records management; as well as environmental compliance and clean energy solutions.
Using the word “critical” in regards to these services isn’t just semantics. Without infrastructure and the other work we perform, cleanup at Hanford would come to a halt. Through MSA’s integration of services, we are able to create efficiencies in service, identify cost savings and successfully address the needs of the cleanup contractors to do our part to accelerate and expand cleanup.
Among our successes in 2014 were:
• Unsealing and inspection of the F Reactor, the first in a series of five inspections of cocooned reactors.
• Transitioning the 300 Area electrical power to the city of Richland.
• Assuming the 300 Area water and sewer scope from Washington Closure Hanford.
• Quick response to incidents, including a 1,300-acre fire, several waterline breaks and unplanned electrical outages.
• More than $61 million in cost savings and avoidance.
Just as we support the cleanup mission here at Hanford, MSA and our employees also make a huge impact in our community, providing monetary and in-kind volunteer support to local causes. We are proud to support organizations such as the Reach, the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia, ARC of Tri-Cities, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation, TRIDEC, March of Dimes, Junior Achievement, the STEM Foundation and the Red Cross.
MSA’s commitment to this community and to supporting Hanford’s core mission is steadfast. As we continue to move the mission forward, MSA will work toward modernizing and right-sizing the infrastructure, continuing to lead site-wide integration, and becoming a national leader in clean energy as we prepare for the future for this “city” we call the Hanford Site.
I am honored to be leading the MSA team, and I look forward to becoming engaged with all that this community has to offer.
Visit us at http://msa.hanford.gov/msa.