New NASA Facility Recognized with U.S. Department of Energy FEMP Award

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The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the project team for the new Integrated Engineering Services Building (IESB) at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, with their Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Better Buildings Award this fall.  GSA managed the design and construction of this facility, which is centrally located on the Langley campus and houses the Research, Engineering, and Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate Offices; Flight Mission Support Center; Navigation Center; and Media Production Services.    

The FEMP Better Buildings Award recognizes individuals and organizations who demonstrate significant contributions to energy and water efficiency within the federal government.  This annual award program highlights outstanding achievements in sustainable practices in high-performance facilities, conserving energy and water efficiency, showcasing the use of renewable energy, and the efficient management of fleet and transportation methods.

The IESB is the second new facility completed at NASA Langley under a NASA Revitalization Plan.  The concept began in 2003 when NASA partnered with GSA’s Mid-Atlantic Region to develop a modernization plan for the NASA Langley campus.  This plan addresses NASA’s strategic and infrastructure challenges and includes eight new facilities, renovation of critical infrastructure and demolition of non-essential assets.   

The IESB project yielded successful and favorable results in reducing NASA’s footprint. Eight outdated and inefficient facilities encompassing 172,000 square feet at NASA Langley were demolished and replaced with a smaller, more efficient 138,000 square foot IESB facility.  This solution also resulted in a 34,000 square foot increase in available green space at Langley.

The experienced, motivated, and highly integrated project team conducted a series of partnering sessions throughout the project, working together to make sustainability a priority while exploring options to reduce construction and maintenance costs, and ensuring maintainability and reliability.  The new IESB facility requires 60% less energy to operate than other facilities on the campus, and is expected to use 35.1% of renewable energy through “Green-e” accredited Tradable Renewable Certificates over a 2-year period.  Green-e is the nation's leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions in the retail market.

Building features include energy efficient lighting and control systems, perimeter daylight harvesting with time-of-day lighting control, and high performance insulating glass with exterior solar shading. A hybrid geothermal system for high cooling demand applications was incorporated with a 60-ton supplementary fluid cooler to complete the cooling demand in the summer months.  The site supports two water retention areas to minimize storm water runoff, and potable water use was reduced by 47.2%.  Collectively, these features support NASA Langley’s sustainability goals and save or avoid $3.6M per year in operations and maintenance costs.  

“NASA Langley would like to express appreciation to the IESB team members from GSA, AECOM, Whiting-Turner, Cooper Cary, and Hill International for the planning, design, and construction of Langley’s latest VITAL project which won the Department of Energy, 2015 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for new projects,” said Gary Stergin, NASA Langley Project Manager.  “The team commitment to energy and water efficiency will result in substantial operational cost savings for the agency and U.S. government.”

The IESB is LEED® Gold Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and is a core destination for numerous NASA mission-related meetings and training classes, also offering full food service operations for NASA employees and visitors.  The construction was completed in September 2014 and IESB has been in operation since October 2014.  


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Last Reviewed 2015-12-15