NASA Goddard Exploration Sciences Building is Almost 70 Percent Complete
To an outsider, watching a building being built is like putting together a complex puzzle, yet in spite of its intricacies, the Exploration Sciences Building (ESB) continues at a feverish pace. "The project is nearing 70% complete with roofing and metal siding being installed before the winter weather arrives," said David Larsen, ESB Project Manager at Goddard.

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North view of the Exploration Sciences Building at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Credit: NASA
Every day brings changes to the project with the construction of additional layers of ductwork, wiring, piping, and equipment scattered throughout the building's interior. The new air handler units which provide the heating and air conditioning for the building were delivered and installed over the past month. This will allow the final piping and ducting in the mechanical penthouse to move forward. Additionally, the window installation is nearing completion which provides a finished look on the office block.

Larsen said that the new Explorer Road extension, which is located north of Building 32, is also nearing completion and allows a clear view of the building construction and the recent progress made. The final surface course for this road is anticipated to be complete by the end of October 2008. The full use of the road, however, is not anticipated until the completion of the ESB.

As the project progresses, the project team continues to work with Code 600 in the final goal of moving into the building and outfitting the building with the proper lab and office furnishings. The Outfitting and Move In team, led by Ms. Luly Carson, continues to make progress in developing move-in plans and gearing up to make the labs and offices ready for occupancy.

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South view of the Exploration Sciences Building. Credit: NASA
Future occupants can get updates on the move-in plans on the Exploration Sciences Building's (ESB) internal web site: http://new34. This website is only available to employees who are located on the Goddard campus. The web site has video clips, facts, ESB Coordinators and even provides a live Web Cam to see the building being put together, live!

The web site will continue to be populated with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), resources, and information for those moving to the building under the link: "When Do I Move?"

If you haven't had a tour yet, don't fret. Additional tours are anticipated as the building nears completion in July 2009. The building was designed by EwingCole Architects, based in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

For more information about the NASA Exploration Sciences Building, visit: > Green Building

Dave Larsen
Rob Gutro
Goddard Space Flight Center