Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New NASA Laboratory

Groundbreaking Ceremony photos are credited to David C. Bowman, NASA.

On April 11, 2017, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Measurement Systems Laboratory (MSL) at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, Virginia.  NASA LaRC Director, Center Operations Directorate, Loretta Keleman was the Master of Ceremonies and shared, “Today, we open an exciting chapter in the 100-year story of NASA Langley.” Approximately 450 attendees heard remarks provided by:

  • Michael Daniels, Vice President, W.M Jordan Company
  • Tim Horne, GSA Acting Administrator
  • Donnie Tuck, Mayor of Hampton, Virginia
  • Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, U.S. Representative for 3rd District of Virginia
  • Mark Warner U.S. Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Dr. David Bowles, NASA Langley Center Director
  • Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia

NASA Langley Center Director, Dr. David Bowles shared, “The MSL will be home to some 40 modular labs, providing vital, flexible space for world-leading research involving electronics, lasers, clean rooms sensors, and instrumentation. This building will serve as a factory for new ideas that will drive us toward mission success. This new laboratory means we are poised to make essential contributions to NASA missions for years to come.”  This 175,000 square foot laboratory is the third and largest new facility we’ve collaborated on with NASA Langley.

We’ve partnered with NASA since 2004 to develop and implement a 20-year Revitalization Plan. It includes new, efficient facilities; renovation of critical infrastructure; and demolition of non-essential assets all of which enable LaRC to respond to strategic and infrastructure challenges of the Agency. The overarching goal of this plan is to sustain or enhance the Center’s core capabilities through repair-by-replacement or rehabilitating existing buildings based on a credible business case. The goals include reducing the footprint of the Center, incorporating a healthy, pedestrian friendly environment similar to a college campus, and transforming the remaining infrastructure to be energy efficient, sustainable, and adaptable to changing mission and societal needs. These goals ensure Langley remains a critical research and development center for NASA and the nation well into the 21st Century.

Together, we’ve completed the Langley Headquarters Building in 2011 and the Integrated Engineering Services Building in 2014. NASA has also been making progress on two other facilities—the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility and the Safety-Critical Avionics Laboratory.  All of these facilities and the new MSL are included in the Revitalization Plan at LaRC.  GSA Acting Administrator Tim Horne said, “I’m very honored that the General Services Administration has been able to sustain such a robust, lasting partnership with you (NASA) to get to this moment in this especially important year for NASA Langley and for the agency as a whole.”

This project is designed with building information modeling (BIM) technology and is aiming to meet U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification through incorporating the following sustainable features:

  • The high-performance green building will have the capacity to reduce energy and water consumption, and lower operations and maintenance costs.
  • The location of this building on the LaRC campus supports development density and community connectivity.
  • This newest laboratory at NASA Langley will optimize energy performance, on-site energy, enhanced commissioning and utilize green power.
  • This site will feature water efficient landscaping, sustainable parking and bike storage for LaRC employees.
  • Our team is building this new laboratory using low-emitting materials, water efficient attributes, recycled materials and resources from the regional area.

Mr. Horne said, “Through a strong relationship between GSA, NASA Langley and our project contractors, we have designed a high-performance green building with the capacity to reduce energy and water consumption, and lower operations and maintenance costs.”

The Measurement Systems Laboratory will be substantially complete in June 2019.

NASA Measurement Systems Laboratory rendering is credited to AECOM.

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Last Reviewed 2017-05-10