About 1,000 people attended the dedication of the Energy Department’s new $687 million National Security Campus in Kansas City. Honeywell manages the $700 million manufacturing operation for the non-nuclear components of the U.S. nuclear weapons program. The plant provides jobs for 2,500, while the new building cuts energy use in half and saves the federal government about $100 million a year.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the efficiency represents a huge victory on several fronts. “We now call this the Kansas City model,” Moniz said. “We now want to start implementing the translatable lessons like footprint reduction. We also have an example of third-party financing, which we’d love to have as a model not only for our weapons complex, but in our science laboratories as well.”
The facility is owned by CenterPoint Zimmer LLC and leased to the government.