June 28, 2017
Aiken, S.C. - Savannah River Remediation (SRR) college interns recently gained valuable real-world experience in a new way by volunteering at Project Vision.
Led by SRR employees and United Way of Aiken County, Project Vision allowed SRR interns to give back and help the local community through a home improvement project for someone in need. The purpose of Project Vision is to assist residents who are unable to complete these projects on their own.
On June 9, on the interns’ day off, nine SRR interns and Edward Urbanawiz, Mission Excellence Lean Specialist, met at a home in Aiken to build a deck for a resident in need. Each intern had something to contribute to the project, whether they had previous construction experience or a willingness to learn.
“Our society is inclined to be more individualistic, so it is important to help people see the other dimensions of our society outside of their close circles,” Urbanawiz said. “By volunteering, SRR interns gained experience, which increased their personal confidence level and inspired them to give back in the future.”
The project included moving steps from the front door to the back door, where there was no safe exit, and constructing a deck, granting a community member safe access to their home.
Michelle Koval, a rising junior studying chemical engineering at Clemson University, said that her internship at SRR has offered her not only real-world experience but also an opportunity to do something different and make the best of her experience at SRR.
“I chose to participate in the United Way project because I saw it as a chance to improve the community in a tangible way, since the fruits of our labor aren't always visible,” said Koval, who is interning in the Defense Waste Processing Facility Process and Regulatory group. “By working as a team with my fellow interns, we were able to construct a solution for someone in the community, ultimately making her home safer and more accessible.”
The interns were able to experience first-hand SRR’s dedication and passion for community outreach, a value that Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager, considers crucial to the company’s makeup.
“Every year a group of SRR interns volunteer with Project Vision, and their willingness to give back amazes me every time,” Foster said. “Seeing all the hard work they put into the project really exemplifies the company’s commitment to give back to the community.”
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 AREVA, Atkins, and AECOM N&E Technical Services.