Redeploying Hanford's metalworking equipment
As a way of diversifying the local economy after the United States Department of Energy (DOE) ceased plutonium production at the Hanford Site in 1993, an initiative was begun involving Westinghouse Hanford, DOE, and the city of Richland. Known as the Metalworking Equipment Project, this project aimed at bringing commercial manufacturing jobs to the region. Kaiser Aluminum's winning bid was contingent upon their leasing the nuclear facility that housed the equipment within 90 days. This article describes how the project managers decided to make the short timeline an asset to maintain a sense of urgency, identify critical and long lead-time issues at the team kickoff meeting, minimize documentation, and maximize the project managers' authority and responsibility for the project.