ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The Battelle Savannah River Alliance (BRSA) Team, which includes South Carolina State University, was selected by the Department of Energy to manage one of the country’s premier environmental, energy, and national security research facilities—the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).
SC State, a historically black university, is the only comprehensive university offering an undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering in the State of South Carolina. The university prepares its STEM graduates to fulfill global workforce demands in critical areas including environmental management and remediation, national and homeland security, advanced manufacturing and material science.
Employing approximately 1,000 staff, SRNL conducts research and development for diverse federal agencies, providing practical, cost-effective solutions for the nation’s environmental, nuclear security, energy and manufacturing challenges. As the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Environmental Management Laboratory, SRNL provides strategic scientific and technological support for the nation’s $6 billion per year waste clean-up program.
“I would like the thank Battelle for this awesome opportunity; making this the first time a HBCU will be a key partner with the Savannah River National Laboratory,” said SC State University president James E. Clark. “This relationship epitomizes our strategic undertaking of ‘transformation through collaboration’ and will transform the lives of individuals, bolster the economies of our communities and this state, as well as enhance the security of our nation.
BSRA is led by and wholly owned by Battelle, one of DOE’s leading laboratory management contractors. The BSRA Team includes five universities from the region—Clemson University, Georgia Institute of Technology, South Carolina State University, University of Georgia, and University of South Carolina—as well as small business partners, Longenecker & Associates and TechSource.
“The University of South Carolina is honored to be a part of this unique collaborative,” said Bob Caslen, president of the University of South Carolina. “Researchers and students on our Columbia and Aiken campuses are excited to engage with Battelle and our partner universities as we seek to make the Savannah River National Laboratory a source of great scientific discovery and industrial innovation for many years come.”
“This is a historic day for Clemson University and our partner universities. We are eager to build upon our relationships at the Savannah River National Laboratory, which will allow us to unlock unique new research and education opportunities for Clemson faculty and students while serving the state. I’d like to thank Battelle for its leadership and congratulate the entire team on the exciting pursuits to come,” said James P. Clements, Clemson University president.
The contract includes a five-year base with five one-year options. The estimated value of the contract is $3.8 billion over the course of 10 years if all options are exercised.
“We are honored by DOE’s decision to award the Savannah River National Laboratory management and operations contract to our team,” said Battelle President and CEO Lou Von Thaer. “We have the lab management experience to make a difference and we’re committed to ensuring the success of this important national resource.”
“We’re honored and excited to have this opportunity,” said Ron Townsend, Battelle’s Executive Vice President for Global Laboratory Operations. “BSRA’s approach will ensure the delivery of high-impact science, technology and engineering solutions into the future through a significant expansion of SRNL’s core competencies. Our team offers an exciting, compelling vision for the future of SRNL and provides DOE a leadership team that will deliver with excellence.”
Battelle currently has a management role at seven DOE national labs including Pacific Northwest National Lab, Brookhaven National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, National Renewable Energy Lab, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Lab. It also operates the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center for the Department of Homeland Security.