Delivering a Critical Project that Meets Nuclear Regulatory Standards on a Tight Timeline


The client, a utility with a service territory across three states, was designing an equipment storage facility that complied with standards established by the Nuclear Energy Institute following the Fukushima disaster. [1 NEI 12-06 Diverse and Flexible Coping Strategies (FLEX) Implementation Guide Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Order EA-12-049].

After the client’s engineer of choice failed to meet the design deadline, the utility was faced with overcoming an imposing deadline with unpredictable inclement weather and geotechnical conditions, first of its kind engineering and procurement, and lack of construction quality assurance and personnel.

PFES was engaged to help the utility recover this critical regulatory project and get the project back on time and on budget, ensuring adherence to nuclear regulatory standards.

Our Approach

PFES was engaged to assume control of the project and deployed its seasoned team of experts. Our team had nine months to revise the design, procure materials, and construct the building and meet the rate recovery deadline. We mobilized a team of industry veterans to design, fabricate, and install the FLEX building in compliance with the NRC Order, NEI Guidelines, and the site’s design-basis for missile protection and seismic response, fully aligning with nuclear regulatory standards.


Despite a formidable set of challenges and an imposing deadline, the PFES team completed the project on time and on budget. Most importantly, the FLEX building successfully passed the NRC inspection, fulfilling all nuclear regulatory standards.

During the engagement, the PFES engineering team identified multiple opportunities to modify the original design created by the former engineer of choice, relieving the construction schedule and delivering significant cost savings back to the client. Many of these design changes and modifications became industry standards and best practices.

The Perfect Consulting Partner for Regulatory Compliance

Our team consists of industry heavyweights that bring substantial expertise to the table for our clients. We partner with you to reduce risk and uncertainty in your capital projects, delivering initiatives on time with significant cost savings while meeting industry and safety standards. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

May 9, 2024
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