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Brady Orchard

MFC Projects Director

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Brady is the MFC Projects Director at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC). He is responsible for a diverse portfolio of projects focused on sustaining and advancing capabilities critical to INL’s nuclear energy mission. Brady has line management responsibility for execution of projects at MFC, reporting directly to the MFC Associate Laboratory Director. The total portfolio of ongoing projects being executed under his leadership is valued at approximately $125M with scope ranging from minor facility modifications to construction of new support facilities that enable nuclear energy mission critical activities. These projects are executed primarily utilizing firm, fixed-price construction subcontracts, including use of incentives/disincentives where appropriate. Brady is also the Project Director for the $166M (total project cost) Sample Preparation Laboratory Project at INL. This new state-of-the art, Hazard Category 3 nuclear laboratory will support the advancement of the understanding of nuclear fuel and materials behavior. Construction of the new facility commenced May 2020.

Brady served as the INL Project Director for the $77.6 million Remote-Handled Low-Level Waste (RHLLW) Disposal Project from 2015 through project completion in 2018 and was responsible for all aspects of the project, including transition to operations. The project was executed utilizing a firm-fixed price design-build subcontract with incentives. The project, INL’s first line item capital construction project, was completed 6 months ahead of schedule and $4.7 million under budget. Several awards have recognized the effective and efficient execution of this critical project. At its annual Project Management workshop on April 24, 2019, the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the RHLLW Disposal Project the Project Management Excellence Award, which recognizes a project team from the DOE Complex that has demonstrated exceptional results in completing a project within cost and schedule. On October 5, 2019, the RHLLW Disposal Project received one of three Project Excellence Awards awarded worldwide from the Project Management Institute. PMI presents this award to projects with a budget <$100M that demonstrate superior performance of project management practices, superior organizational results, and positive impacts on society. On July 31, 2019, Engineering New Record (ENR) – Mountain States recognized the RHLLW Disposal Project, one of 156 total entries, with a Merit Award in the Specialty Construction category. On August 23, 2019, ENR also selected the project to receive a Merit Award for Safety, recognizing the project’s exemplary safety record during construction of the RHLLW Disposal Facility. ENR recognizes the best projects across a seven-state region that includes Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Brady has 20+ years of experience in project management, engineering, and environmental management experience. He is a registered professional engineer and Project Management Professional (PMP). Brady also participated in DOE’s first Project Leadership Institute cohort in 2017.


​Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, Utah State University

Master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering, Utah State University

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