New "Green" Facility Breaks Ground at Kennedy
Kennedy Space Center soon will break ground on a new Propellants North Facility in the Launch Complex 39 area that will qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Platinum designation.

It is the highest designation a LEED facility can achieve, and will be the first for the center.

According to Center Operations LEED Specialist Frank Kline, the new facility will feature a high-efficiency roof and walls, air conditioning with energy recovery technology; efficient variable frequency motors, variable air volume boxes; high-efficiency lighting fixtures; smart lighting controls with step dimming and occupancy sensors; Energy Star appliances; water-conserving bathroom fixtures; and high-velocity hand dryers.

The facility also will have natural daylight using high windows and correct solar orientation; high-efficiency windows; and sustainable flooring using polished concrete and laminated bamboo. Artist rendering of Propellant North Facility

Image above: An artist's rendition shows the proposed Propellants North Facility in Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 area, which will qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Platinum designation. Image credit: NASA
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"Center Operations continually strives for excellence as we develop first-rate facilities to support our mission programs and customers," Kline said. "The construction of this new facility reflects our dedication to the environment and the tax payer."

Kline said currently there are only 145 Platinum-rated facilities in the U.S. and only one other in Florida.

"NASA is next," Kline said.

The 10,730-square-foot facility will replace old facilities built in the 1960s. Jones Edmunds and Associates Inc. of Titusville, Fla., and Green Building Services of Orlando, Fla., completed the design in 2008.

The construction contract was awarded to HW Davis Construction Inc. of Orlando. That company's most recent local project was the Shuttle Launch Experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

The company will reuse deconstructed Launch Control Center firing room glazing and frames, and reclaimed and processed waste concrete from Kennedy's demolition projects for facility foundation and paving subbase materials. The roof will be constructed of recycled metal covered with a rainwater harvesting system that will supply restroom fixtures. Xeriscape landscaping will use native species and recycled crushed crawlerway rock for mulch.

"The building will be 52 percent more efficient than current ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) standards," Kline said.

The green facility will house up to 64 managers, mechanics and technicians who fuel spacecraft at Kennedy. A 1,800-square-foot, single-story shop will be set aside for cryogenic transfer equipment storage. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in late 2010.

Linda Herridge
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center