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NASA Langley's Second New Facility Receives an Award for Design

All photos courtesy of Judy Davis, Hoachlander Davis Photography.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northern Virginia Chapter presented an Award of Merit on June 4, for the design of the Integrated Engineering Services Building (IESB) located in the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, VA.  GSA contracted with the architect/engineering firm AECOM, who designed the 138,371 gross square foot facility for NASA Langley.  The IESB houses the Research, Engineering, and Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate Offices; Flight Mission Support Center; Navigation Center; and Media Production Services.  This building is a core destination for numerous NASA mission-related meetings and training classes, and offers full food service operations for NASA employees and visitors.  The construction was completed in September 2014, and IESB opened its operations in October 2014.

The AIA Design Awards program was created to recognize their members’ achievements of excellence in architectural design and execution.  AECOM Vice President for Architecture, Ed Weaver, attended the AIA awards ceremony and shared, “We are excited to have been honored with this design award, and it demonstrates that the team approach to realizing the design intent of a programmatically intense building can create great architecture.  The active collaboration with NASA, GSA and the design-build team of Whiting Turner and Cooper Carry was critical to the success of the project.”

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

Cathy Magnum, the Acting Associate Director of Langley Research Center said, “The Integrated Engineering Services Building provides an excellent venue for collaboration, whether it’s through the use of the Engineering Design Studio where future missions are being designed, the multitude of conference rooms, or simply as a place where employees can informally gather and share ideas.”

In February 2015, the IESB received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for the numerous sustainable attributes incorporated into the building’s design. 

This article is part of the Summer 2015 issue of the FOCUS newsletter. Please visit the Focus Newsletter page to read our newsletter. To subscribe to FOCUS, complete the online subscription form.


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