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GSA Completes Second New Facility at NASA Langley Research Center

The GSA Mid-Atlantic Region reached substantial completion in September on construction of a 138,371 gross square foot NASA Integrated Engineering Services Building (IESB) at the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, VA. The agency hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 17, 2014, to commemorate the event.

The IESB, located in the heart of the NASA LaRC, strategically combines many employees and visitor services into one building. This new building is highly functional and offers various flexible options for supporting NASA Langley’s evolving mission and needs. The program of spaces in IESB combines the Research Directorate, Engineering Directorate, as well as the Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate offices together on one floor. The co-location of these offices increases collaboration, enabling technology development from concept to flight. This building also hosts an Integrated Design Center for multi-disciplinary research and engineering teams, and a Flight Mission Support Center for critical event operations.

The IESB serves as a workplace for 120 full-time staff and supports many more NASA employees and visitors attending the facility for various meetings, events, training and mealtimes. The facility provides services to the entire LaRC population and includes the campus dining facility, Splashdown Café, Pearl Young Theater, Reid Conference Center, Education and Training Center, Exchange Shop, Media Production Services and Media Briefing including accommodations for the “NASA Edge” video podcast, and the Navigation Center.

“This building, and our long-term plan, will make us more responsive to evolving programs, projects and technologies, with improved technical capabilities at significantly lower costs and in sustainable and environmentally friendly spaces that enable more effective collaboration,” said NASA Langley Center Director Steve Jurczyk during the ribbon cutting event. “I'm excited about our future. We're already seeing benefits from our vital plan. The new buildings are using far less energy…These lower operations and maintenance costs are freeing up dollars and reducing the overall costs associated with our research and development – to the tune of around $3 million per year.”

Other event speakers included GSA Regional Administrator Sara Manzano-Diaz, NASA Associate Deputy Administrator Lesa Roe, Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe, Congressmen Scott Rigell and Bobby Scott, and Mayor of Hampton, VA, George Wallace.

This facility is NASA Langley's second completed new facility under the NASA Langley Revitalization Plan. The concept began in 2003 when NASA partnered with GSA Mid-Atlantic Region to develop a modernization plan for the LaRC campus. This plan is a major 20-year revitalization strategy which includes eight new state-of-the-art facilities, renovation of critical infrastructure, and demolition of non-essential assets all of which enable Langley to respond to the strategic and infrastructure challenges of NASA. The overarching goal of the plan is to sustain or enhance the center’s core capabilities through repair-by-replacement, as well as rehabilitating existing buildings based on a credible business case.

The IESB was built with Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and designed with modular walls, furniture, power and IT systems along with the most advanced clean air conditioning delivery.  The project is on track to receive a U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Gold certification.  Following are some of the sustainable attributes incorporated into the building design:

  • geothermal heating and cooling system   
  • high-efficiency windows and solar shading panels
  • day lighting of interior spaces
  • daylight harvesting controls
  • low-flow plumbing fixtures in restrooms and break rooms
  • low-emitting interior architectural finishes
  • bike racks and showers on site
  • bio-swale area for addressing runoff water

“NASA Langley has been making important strides in researching sustainable practices within their industry,” said GSA Regional Administrator Sara Manzano-Diaz. “This has been a valuable and wonderful collaboration and GSA looks forward to continue working with NASA in the upcoming phases of their Revitalization Program.”

This project was made possible through a strong partnership between NASA Langley, GSA Mid-Atlantic Region and contractors: AECOM for Architect Engineering services, Hill International for Construction Management services, Whiting-Turner Construction Company for Design/Build services and Cooper Carry as Whiting-Turner’s architect-of-record, and MOI, Inc. for all the new furniture for the building.

Photos provided by NASA Photographer David Bowman.


This article is part of the Fall 2014 issue of the FOCUS newsletter. Please visit the Focus Newsletter page to read our newsletter. To subscribe to FOCUS, complete the online subscription form.

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