The Hanford construction camp which housed 45,000 construction workers. In addition, residents of a trailer village expanded the total to 52,000 people. Project offices of the U.S. Corp of Engineers and DuPont are shown in the foreground.
Total cost to build plant was $1,300,000,000 and involved more than 8,100 companies of which 5,745 were small firms. More than 138,000 purchase orders costing more $500,000,000 were placed. More than 87,000 orders totaling about $245,000,000 went to small firms. There were 38,500 people employed at the construction peak, 5,000 of them technically trained. The size of the site is 200,000 acres, four times the size of the District of Columbia. Two world safety records for construction were set and 6,000,000 man hours were worked without lost time injury. 75,000,000 vehicles miles were logged per year on the project, 8,500 vehicles per day. National average traffic death rate seven 100,000,000 vehicle miles on the project, 2.7.
During construction of Hanford Engineer Works this barber shop operated day and night to handle 45,000 man construction force. In addition to the unprecedented $250,000,000 plant which DuPont build and operated for the government in WWII, facilities of all kinds of which the barber shop was one, had to be provided for the 60,000 people who converged on the small town of Hanford, Washington which prior to construction of the atomic plant had a population of 100. DuPont withdrew from the project in 1946 when the country was at peace again.
Huge concrete encased steel tanks provide containment for radioactive by products at the Savannah River Project. This picture, taken during installation of the tanks, shows forms for the concrete pre-stressing. Once installed, the tanks are backfilled and covered completely with dirt. The tanks sits on a heavy steel saucer which in turn sits on a 6 inch concrete pad. They are 85 feet in diameter and about 34 feet high. Tank capacities range from 750,000 to 1,300,00 gallons.
This facility at the Savannah River Plant produces heavy water for use in the Savannah River reactors. The heavy water produced here also is shipped to domestic and foreign users by the Atomic Energy Commission on sale or lease basis. The plant actually separates heavy water from the raw water of the Savannah River. Wherever there is water or moisture, heavy water occurs in normal water at the rate of one ounce to every 52 gallons.
Mess Hall, one of eight in construction camp, served meals family style to 45,000 contraction workers. In one 18 month period they dished out 10 million eggs, 1.5 million pounds of chicken, 2.3 million pounds of beef, 2.3 million loaves of bread, 4.5 million pounds of pork and ham and 600,000 pounds of coffee.
Huge concrete encased steel tanks provide containment for radioactive by products at the Savannah River Project. This picture, taken during installation of the tanks, shows forms for the concrete processing. Once installed the tanks are backfilled and covered completely with dirt. The tanks sit on a heavy steel saucer which in turn sits on a 6 inch concrete pad. They are 85 feet in diameter and about 34 feet high. Tank capacities range from 750,000 to 1,300,000 gallons.