The latest issue of Cooper Carry Architects’ in-house magazine ASPIRE spotlights the new NASA Integrated Engineering Building in an article on pages 20-23 called “Advantages of Design-Build Teaming.”
Structura provided structural engineering services for the new NASA facility, the first phase of a 12-year modernization plan for NASA’s Research Center. The 120,000 SF,two-story, mixed-use building will include engineering collaboration spaces; offices; amulti-media production suite; a full-service cafeteria including food preparation, dining and serving areas; an Education and Training Center; and a theater, along with conference and meeting space.
The ASPIRE article used the project as an example of how the collaborative approach in a design-build project is more cost-effective, faster and also allows designers to incorporate sustainable features throughout the construction process. (The Engineering Building is registered with the USGBC and is targeted for LEED Gold certification.) Design features of the project include an extensive green roof, geothermal heating and cooling, light shelves and other sun control devices, and maximize building occupants’ access to daylight. Read more about Structura’s role in this project here.