Monday, June 23, 2008

New Museum = New Exhibits

The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History provides an independent, balanced, and accessible source of knowledge about nuclear issues - essential for an informed public, essential for acceptance of the nuclear industry, and a source of inspiration and education for young people - our next generation of nuclear engineers. Museum staff and volunteers have worked diligently to develop a series of new and redesigned exhibits to honor and support this mission.
Major Educational Exhibits planned in the new museum:

  • Radiation 101

  • Atomic Universe

  • Energy Encounters

  • The Uranium Cycle

  • Pioneers of the Atomic Age

  • Handle with Care; Radioactive Waste

  • Myths to Miracles; Nuclear Medicine & Radiology

  • Trinity and Legacy

  • Doomsday to Détente; The Cold War

  • Little Al’s Laboratory, Interactive Youth Physics Center

  • The MAZE; Global Conversations & Nuclear Issues
    (this exhibit will address major issues and controversies and will be updated regularly to remain current)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Museum Relocation Project: Selected Milestones

October 30, 2007: Charles Loeber, the Museum Relocation Project Manager, and Harry Mumma, the Building Construction Manager delivered the Fugitive Dust Control Permit and the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan to our point-of-contact at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). These were the final documents required prior to construction.

October 31, 2007: After confirming that all prairie dogs and burrowing owls had been removed from our site, SNL issued their approval for us to proceed with infrastructure construction. We then notified the City of Albuquerque, and they immediately authorized A.S. Horner, their construction contractor, to proceed. By the end of this day, bulldozers were grading our site. The City is constructing our infrastructure using funds from the State of New Mexico.

December 19, 2007: Bids were solicited bids for construction of the building. These bids were due by January 31, 2008.

January 18, 2008: The City of Albuquerque, using A.S. Horner, completed Phase 1 of our infrastructure. This work was divided into two phases pending the City’s receipt of the second increment of funding from the State of New Mexico.

February 18, 2008: Charles Loeber and Kim Meagher as President and Treasurer respectively of the National Atomic Museum Foundation signed a contract with MV Industries, Inc. to construct a 30,000 sq. ft. building for approximately $5.7 million. MVI then proceed to obtain a City permit to do the earthwork, transfer the Fugitive Dust Permit, revise the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, obtain construction insurance, sign contracts with their subcontractors, mobilize their workforce, etc.

March 4, 2008: Charles Loeber, as Museum Relocation Project Manager, issued a "Notice to Proceed" to MVI.

March 19, 2008: MVI began preparing the foundation. This involved compacting the soil, constructing the foundation forms, installing all of the electrical conduits and plumbing that goes under the slab, placing the rebar, etc.

April 19, 2008: MVI began pouring the concrete foundation. The final pour should be completed on May 23rd.

May 28, 2008: The steel building is scheduled for delivery to our site.

June 2, 2008: MVI will begin erecting the steel building. This building should be up by mid-June.