Rachel Prucey
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
July 30, 2009
RELEASE : C09-92
NASA Ames Awards Contract to Build Sustainability Base
MOFFETT FIELD – NASA has selected Swinerton Inc., San Francisco, to receive a construction contract to build a new sustainable facility at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

The firm-fixed-price contract valued at $20,626,000 begins July 31, 2009 and lasts 390 days.

Under the terms of the contract, the company will construct a building, named the NASA Sustainability Base, in honor of the Tranquility Base of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The building is designed to incorporate some of the agency’s most advanced recycling and intelligent control technologies originally developed to support NASA’s human and robotic space exploration missions.

The building is designed to achieve a platinum rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design new construction standards for environmentally sustainable construction developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington. In order to achieve sustainability, the building will have zero net energy consumption, use 90 percent less potable water than conventionally built buildings of equivalent size and reduce building maintenance costs.

The company will prepare the site and utilities by installing approximately 72 geothermal wells utilizing ground-source heat pumps, parking and landscaping with California-native plants. In addition, the company also will install sophisticated systems for solar water heating, fire detection and suppression, advanced lighting, security, communications operations and site storm water management. These systems will be designed to anticipate and react to changes in sunlight, temperature, wind, and use of resources and will automatically optimize the building's performance.

The new facility will feature a structural steel frame, stand two stories tall with two wings and will have approximately 50,000 square feet of open office space, lunchrooms and a glass-walled atrium.

To watch a video about the Sustainability Base to be built at NASA's Ames, visit:

For more information about the Greenspace Initiative at NASA's Ames, visit:

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