Installation of roof panels and external windows on NASA Dryden's new Facilities Support Center was progressing apace when this photo was taken in mid-April. › View Larger Image
While one workman trowels out imperfections in the freshly laid concrete, others guide the pouring of another Facilities Support Center driveway segment. › View Larger Image Construction of the new Facilities Support Center at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is nearing completion, with the project expected to be finished in June, a month ahead of the contractual schedule.
According to NASA Dryden project architect Gemma Flores, the $11.2 million, 38,000-square-foot structure and its related infrastructure is about 90 percent complete. Although delayed a bit by recent high winds, most of the metal roofing has now been installed, as have most of the windows, while painting of interior walls and tiling of restroom areas are almost finished.
Outside, concrete driveways and parking areas have been completed, and pouring of sidewalks is wrapping up.
"The next major milestones will be installation of the metal siding and the rest of the interior, including carpet, and the external landscaping," she added, noting that electrical power was turned on the week of May 6.
Light beige color and extensive window areas provide a light and airy interior in both office and maintenance work areas in the new Facilities Support Center.
› View Larger Image The building will provide office and technical spaces for NASA Dryden's Facilities Engineering and the Asset Management department as well as the Safety, Health and Environmental Office, combining in one structure functions that are currently performed in several obsolete and inefficient facilities on the Dryden campus. The new building includes office space, conference rooms, restrooms and shower/changing facilities, workshops, storage mezzanine, laundry and laboratories.
The structure is designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification standard for environment and energy efficiency. Based on building energy consumption simulations, NASA Dryden facilities engineers forecast that energy consumption will be reduced about 36 percent over conventional construction.
Designed by the Development One architectural firm of Santa Ana, Calif., the new structure is being built by Comfort and Hays Electric, Inc. of Long Beach, Calif., and its subcontractors, including primary construction subcontractor AMG & Associates, Inc., of Upland, Calif.
The firm fixed-price contract called for the new structure to be completed by July 2013. Although contractors were originally aiming for completion in April, that target proved unachievable due to unforeseen delays caused by weather or other issues.
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Most of the curved metal roof panels have been installed and external window installation was under way on NASA Dryden's new Facilities Support Center when this photo was taken in mid-April. › View Larger Image