NASA MSL honored for engineering excellence
On June 13, the Measurement Systems Laboratory project at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, received the 2023 National American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Honor Award for the Building/Technology Systems category. The ACEC program’s jury panel reviewed many projects from around the world and rated them for their innovative application of new or existing techniques; future value to and enhancing public awareness/enthusiasm for the engineering profession, social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity and successful fulfillment of client needs. GSA’s architectural/engineering firm on the project, AECOM, submitted the nomination on the overall project team’s behalf including GSA, NASA, project and construction management firm Hill International, and general contractor W.M Jordan Company.
The five-story 175,000 gross square foot Measurement Systems Laboratory supports research and development of new measurement concepts, technologies and systems that enable NASA to achieve its missions in space exploration, science and aeronautics. Designed for flexibility and collaboration, this facility hosts 48 labs for various research and development operations including electronics, lasers, clean room operations and instrumentation. The advanced laser measurement systems and material testing required extremely precise indoor environmental conditions which was achieved through sophisticated control capability and innovative mechanical engineering.
GSA delivered this LEED Gold facility for NASA and the facility opened in April 2022. This project is an example of how GSA embraced innovative engineering applications for providing a collaborative laboratory workplace solution for our federal client.
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