Savannah River Remediation Summer Interns Volunteer with Project Vision

AIKEN, S.C. (July 24, 2018) – Savannah River Remediation (SRR) summer college interns volunteered with Project Vision in Aiken County to give back to the community.

Nine SRR interns spent a day helping an Aiken County resident in need of a new deck and wheelchair ramp for their home. Project Vision is led by the United Way of Aiken County, and was created to help those in the community who cannot perform home repair projects themselves.

Edward Urbanawiz, Mission Excellence Lean Specialist, put together the community volunteer outing for the SRR interns to perform this construction project as a team.

Urbanawiz said that each intern had a part in the project, even if they had never performed construction work before.

“Every year we conduct an intern volunteer construction project with the Aiken County United Way, and there is always great enthusiasm,” Urbanawiz said. “These college interns are eager to learn and eager to help the community whenever they can, even if they did not have prior construction experience. I’m very proud of their work.”

The interns not only built a deck and wheelchair ramp at a resident’s home in Jackson, South Carolina, but they also worked to remove trees that had fallen due to storm damage.

SRR intern Brayden Fidler, who is working in process applications this summer, said he enjoyed the work, and he was eager to finish the project so the resident will be able to safely enter and exit their home.

“I had limited construction experience before this project, so the experience was all about stepping out of my comfort zone to help build the deck and wheelchair ramp for this resident,” Fidler said. “The feeling of seeing it come together was priceless. Giving back to the local community is one of the most rewarding experiences, and I hope to be able to volunteer with Project Vision again.”

SRR values giving back to the surrounding communities, and the summer interns were able to experience that part of SRR’s mission first-hand.

SRR is the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site for the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are Orano, Atkins, and AECOM N&E Technical Services.

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