Facilities Support Center, NASA AFRC- LEED Platinum
The Facilities Support Center (FSC) is a LEED Platinum, state-of-the-art facility. The FSC consolidates three departments across the NASA AFRC campus into one building. The 36,000 square foot masonry and steel-framed building includes:
- Office space
- Conference and meeting areas
- Workshop, lab and warehouse space
The FSC was designed entirely using BIM. (Building Information Modeling) We created 3D visuals of the building before construction began. As a result, there was precise coordination of all disciplines, resulting in maximum efficiency.
The FSC was designed with a number of sustainable strategies, including:
- A building orientation maximizing daylight while minimizing solar heat gain.
- Photovoltaic panels supply approximately 30% of the building’s total energy use.
- LED lighting fixtures to reduce power consumption.
- Direct/indirect evaporative cooling to assist in cooling.
- Use of materials high in recycled content and/or produced near the project site.
- Efficient plumbing fixtures.
- Grey water reclamation system.
- Native/adaptive landscape planting.
As a result of these strategies, the FSC was able to earn a LEED Platinum rating in a harsh desert environment. Most noteworthy, this project was designed to set the standard for new construction at NASA AFRC over the course of the 20-Year Master Plan.