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US Department of Energy : Fernald Closure Project
Client: Fluor Fernald

Project Challenge

Early in the Fernald Closure Project, Fluor, the operating contractor at the Department of Energy site, was faced with a delimma. A subcontractor had failed to adequately perform on a key piece of demolition which had caused a critical delay in the overall project. Fluor's management identified Wise Construction Company, which was then working as a subcontractor in another area at Fernald, as a potential successor. After securing their confidence in our ability to get the project back on track, Wise was awarded the contract.
Project Challenge

Management Solution

Wise's founder and CEO, the late Warren C. Wise, recognized the need to form a separate entity to service its new client, which lead him and partner David F. Abney II to create Wise Services, Inc.

Recognizing the hazardous nature of the project environment, WSI employed the skills of highly qualified safety director, Garner Powell to actively engage the entire staff in safety consciousness through intensive and repetitive training. He also ensured that the entire project site and every employee remained in consistent compliance with OSHA regulations.

Additionally, WSI's Site Superintendent helped develop a unique corporate culture. His highly effective management style balances stringent adherence to quality regulations and safety rules with abundant encouragement and incentives. The result is an atmosphere of enthusiasm, respect and camaraderie.

Management Solution

Outcome

WSI delivered outstanding performance, not only on the initial project, but on every subsequent project that was awarded to us. Over a period of fourteen years Wise Services, Inc. successfully executed a significant number of projects at the Department of Energy's Fernald Plant, thus gaining valuable knowledge and experience working a DOE closure site. Our corporate commitment to safety made us a valuable partner in their closure effort. Wise Services' participation in the Fernald project helped the Department of Energy win the Project Management Institute 2007 International Project of the Year Award. And in the end the former nuclear weapons site has been transformed into an overwhelmingly successful environmental achievement.
Outcome

Recognition/Awards

Fluor Fernald Safety Award for 2,000,000 Safe Work Hours, 2006
Fluor Tri-Star Safety Award, 2002
Fluor Daniel Safety Award for 1,500,000 Man Hours Without a Lost-Time Injury, 1999
Fluor Fernald Achievement of 1,000,000 Man Hours Without a Lost-Time Injury, 1996
FERMCO Certificate of Recognition, Outstanding Supplier Performance,1995
Fluor Daniel Silver Award of Merit, 1995
Fluor Daniel Bronze Award of Merit, 1994
Recognition/Awards

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