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Center Snapshot: C.T. Moore
C.T.Moore snapshot. Image above: C.T. Moore oversees construction on a canopy for the Wythe Creek Road gate with another for NASA Langley's main gate in the future. Photo credit: NASA/Sean Smith.

By: Jim Hodges

When C.T. Moore came to NASA Langley in 1983, fresh out of Virginia Tech, he found himself challenged to design systems to deliver gas and liquids to wind tunnels and laboratories. Now he takes on entire projects.

Moore, a project manager with the Center Operations Directorate, oversees activities as disparate as refitting a building and giving the center's entrances a new look.

"We looked at designs and tried to find the most cost-effective way of doing it," said Moore of the new gate designs.

Primarily, they bring cover to the entrances where none existed. The contractor, Rand Enterprises of Hampton, has begun the Wythe Creek Road gate and is scheduled to complete work on October 29. Preliminary work on the front gate has begun. Its completion is expected by Christmas.

"We looked at other centers, and they all had cover," said Moore. "Also, military bases we saw had them, too."

The structures will provide shelter from sun and winter weather for security guards and people rolling down car windows to show credentials.

Working with such projects has expanded Moore's horizons from the pointed work at specific buildings to a broader look at things like budgets and working with contractors.

Away from Langley, he lists his priorities as "family, church and sports."

In that last, Moore plays racquetball "an hour or an hour and a half, almost every day," he said. "We have a group of guys who play."

Sports also includes following the exploits of his alma mater's football team – "I'm going up to see them play Georgia Tech in November," he said – and his Washington Redskins.

He comes by those affiliations honestly. His father, C. Thomas Moore II, was a Langley engineer who also went to Virginia Tech.

"He used to have season tickets, and I would go to games with him," Moore said.

Church includes singing in the choir – "let's just say I make a joyful noise," he said – and teaching.

His wife Denise and daughters Elysse and Collyn are more artistically inclined. "No engineering for them," he said, laughing.

Ahead are more projects for Fiscal Year 2012, including an $18 million overhaul of the steam plant, fire suppression systems and electrical substations.

He has come a long way from specializing in design to becoming a "jack of all trades" in running projects. That long way is one of the things that keep the job interesting.