For the scientists at work in the frigid Arctic Circle, resolving the daily logistical changes of living are a matter of life and death. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Arctic Sciences Section of the Division of Polar Programs, in partnership with CH2M Hill, helps make life possible for researchers working in the frozen north.
Between February 2013 and January 2014, the NSF’s Arctic Research Support & Logistics Services (ARSLS) Program supported 155 projects across Alaska, Greenland, Russia, Canada, the North Pole and other Arctic regions and included 228 individual grants with approximately 1,300 team members.
Throughout the year, CH2M Hill and its subcontractors provided essential support in the following areas:
- science operations
- information technology and communications
- marine vessel transportation
- aircraft transportation
- sustaining operations
- facilities and equipment upgrades
- program management
- environment, health and safety
Over the past year, CH2M Hill installed computerized maintenance management system at ARSLS facilities, minimizing operational maintenance costs and providing long-term planning options for equipment and facilities across the Arctic regions.
In their review of the second year of the contract, National Science Foundation found that CH2M Hill’s services provided under the contract were rated very good or exceptional in all six areas: quality of product or service, schedule, cost control, business relations, management of key personnel, and utilization of small business.
The National Science Foundation praised the capability of CH2M Hill’s front-line supervisors who require little technical direction, saving the NSF time. Field researchers complemented the support actions, which increases the program’s credibility.
For the outstanding success and cooperation between CH2M Hill’s and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Arctic Sciences Section of the Division of Polar Programs the Arctic Research Support & Logistics Services Program will be honored with the 2014 National Public-Private Partnership Service Award, to be presented at P3 Connect.