On the Move

Securing buy-in from a lone stakeholder group can be difficult enough, but when Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) (Richland, Washington, USA), launched a project, which was a 2012 PMI Project of the Year finalist, to move its facilities, it had to engage three high-profile government stakeholders and its own staff of scientists. This article discusses how the company moved a laboratory without disrupting its cutting-edge work for some high-profile government agencies. In doing so, it identifies why PNNL launched the project--a 2004 environmental remediation agreement put the organization's ability to meet its mission obligations at risk, and one-half of the research laboratory space was marked for demolition. It discusses how support from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Energy Office of Science was gained and maintained. It then explains how PNNL ensured its annual budget by coming up with a way to continually demonstrate
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