DOE: Demolition of K-1037 underway
(DOE News Release) Demolition of the largest facility still standing at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) is underway. Workers began tearing down Building K-1037 at the former uranium enrichment complex earlier this week.
“Removing the largest remaining building at ETTP radically changes the skyline, and it moves us forward in our efforts to complete all major demolition next year,” said Jay Mullis, manager of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM). “When we complete this project, the building’s footprint will be a grassy area that will be available for reuse and redevelopment by the private sector in the future.”
OREM and UCOR, an AECOM-led partnership with Jacobs, have spent the past several months deactivating the facility to prepare it for demolition—removing equipment and waste, performing asbestos abatement, and disconnecting utilities. The demolition is expected to be completed later this year.
The original structure was built in 1945. Through the years, additions to the facility brought its square footage to approximately 380,000 square feet.