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NASA Sustainability Base in Moffett Field, California by William McDonough + Partners

 
May 16th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: William McDonough + Partners

Sustainability Base, NASA’s new facility at the entrance to Ames Research Center, is designed to showcase NASA’s culture of innovation. The client charged the team with delivering a facility that embodies NASA’s spirit, fosters collaboration, supports health and well-being, and goes beyond LEED® Platinum in its pursuit of Cradle to Cradle® solutions.

Aerial view of Ames

  • Architects: William McDonough + Partners
  • Project: NASA Sustainability Base
  • Location: Moffett Field, California
  • Client: NASA Ames Research Center
  • Program: Office Building
  • Area: 50,000 square feet
  • Status: Completed December 2011

Aerial view of Sustainability Base

  • Team: William McDonough + Partners, Design Architect; AECOM, Architect of Record / Landscape Architect of Record / MEP / Structural / Civil; Loisos + Ubbelohde, Daylighting / Lighting / Energy Consultant; Swinerton Builders, General Contractor; Siteworks Studio, Landscape Architect; McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, Materials Assessment; TBD, Cost Estimator
  • Awards/Certifications: LEED Platinum Certification; ENR California, Best Projects of 2011, Award of Merit – Green Building; Silicon Valley’s best green project, as a part of the 2010 Silicon Valley Business Times’ Structures Awards; GSA Real Property 2010 Award for Green Innovation

NASA Sustainability Base

As design architect, William McDonough + Partners led an intensive fast-track effort. The three-month concept and schematic design phase incorporated significant analysis of each scheme to test, and later tune, building performance against project goals. One result of this integrated dialog was an innovative approach to building structure. The exoskeleton approach offers increased structural performance during seismic events, provides an armature for daylighting and shading strategies, and creates a column-free interior that facilitates workplace flexibility.

William McDonough Partners courtyard

It also becomes the icon for the building, recalling lunar modules and satellites. Other project innovations range from aggressive daylighting and natural ventilation design to in-depth materials screening. As a result, the building is a flexible workplace filled with glare-free daylight, fresh air and abundant connections to the outdoors, serviced by systems that, in time, will use only renewable energy and will maintain water in closed loops.

Image Courtesy Cesar Rubio, William McDonough Partners

Image Courtesy Cesar Rubio, William McDonough Partners

Image Courtesy Cesar Rubio, William McDonough Partners

Image Courtesy Cesar Rubio, William McDonough Partners

Image Courtesy Cesar Rubio, William McDonough Partners

Image Courtesy Cesar Rubio, William McDonough Partners

Image Courtesy Cesar Rubio, William McDonough Partners

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