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Secretary Perry Visits NW Project

Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar visited Oak Ridge in early May 2019, where they learned about a partnership between Environmental Management and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science to identify effective and affordable solutions for mercury cleanup that can be used at the site and elsewhere in the U.S.
During the visit, Perry visited one of North Wind’s project sites, Building 3606, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). North Wind Construction Services was contracted to demolish the old office building known as Building 3606. The project is scheduled for completion the last week in May.

The North Wind crew was thrilled to meet Secretary Perry during his visit and is excited to clear and prepare the site for the construction of the new Translational Research Capability (TRC) facility that’s proposed for this area.

The new TRC will be purpose-built for world-leading research in computing and materials science and will serve to advance the science and engineering of quantum information. Read more about TRC from ORNL at

Photo Caption: Secretary Perry meets Building 3606 demolition crew from North Wind. Pictured left to right: Rick Perry, Energy Secretary; John Suter, North Wind Construction Services Equipment Operator; and Brad McKeehan, Owner of Rocky Top Roll Offs.

View more about Perry’s visit in the latest EM Update, Vol. 11, Issue 18, May 14, 2019 at

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