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RELEASE : 09-064
09-064: NASA Breaks Ground for Green-Certified Building
HAMPTON, Va. -- On the 92nd anniversary of its founding, NASA Langley Research Center will break ground at 10 a.m. Friday, July 17, for its first U.S. Green Building Council's LEED-certified building, one of six new buildings to be constructed in the Center's "New Town" program.

NASA Langley is partnering with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on the design and construction of a 70,000 sq. ft. (6,500 sq. m.) cost effective, highly efficient, adaptable and sustainable administration building. GSA brings to the partnership the experienced personnel, processes and procedures to streamline this project.

NASA Langley Research Center Director Lesa B. Roe and NASA Associate Deputy Administrator Charles H. Scales will be joined by GSA Acting Regional Administrator Linda C. Chero for the 10 a.m. ceremony.

News media who wish to cover the Groundbreaking should contact Marny Skora by calling 757-864-6121 or 757-344-6111 (mobile) or by email at by 8:30 a.m. July 17 for credentials and entry to the Center.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a national rating system for the development of high-performance buildings. LEED emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Langley's "New Town" project includes construction of six new buildings, renovation of two buildings and demolition of 10 obsolete buildings. Construction cost for this first building is $23 million and is expected to bring an 85 percent reduction in energy use compared to existing office space at the Center.

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