NASA's Gorgeous LEED Gold Building


This is NASA's new Jet Propulsion Laboratory Flight Projects Center in Pasadena, California.  Like several other projects we've mentioned (i.e., ENC, Susi Q Seniors, and Koll Airport), the Flight Projects Center was designed by LPA Inc, and it's a gorgeous building (see video below).  Next Monday, October 26, at 10 a.m., there will be a ceremony and ribbon cutting to celebrate what is the greenest built facility in the NASA family. 

There's a GSA mandate in place that requires new federal construction to obtain a LEED Certified rating while striving to achieve LEED Silver.  In this case, the project was able to obtain a LEED Gold rating while using a LEED Silver budget.  Moreover, the JPL was designed and constructed to make real reductions in energy and water use and to include the following sustainable elements:

  • Low flow faucets and toilets to reduce water use by 44%;
  • Vegetated roof to minimize runoff and stabilize the interior temperature;
  • Daylighting and lighting controls to increase efficiency by 25%;
  • Drought tolerant and native plants with landscaping to use 72% less water;
  • An efficient thermal displacement ventilation system in the auditorium;
  • Smart heating, cooling, and ventilation systems keyed to whether a person is in a room; and
  • Use of FSC certified woods and non-toxic paints and surface materials.

With all its green features, the 190,000 square-foot building is expected to save about 500,000 gallons of water annually.  It also exceeds California Title 24 requirements by 25%. 

The general contractor was Swinerton Builders with construction management by Vanir Construction Management.  The team was able to divert 93% of waste generated during construction from the landfill. 

[+] Details on the ribbon cutting





Photo credits: LPA Inc.

  • Portland Real Estate

    Great to hear! I wish all new construction was required to be more efficient!


  • Richard

    “It’s nice to know that a lot of people have been pushing efforts to make planet earth a better place. With biofuels, and all other alternative resources for energy, we might be able to curb the growing problem that is global warming and at the same time preserve the ecosystems of the world. The Earth’s natural forces such as wind, hydro and solar power are limitless and effective ways to gain energy. So unless the winds stop blowing, the seas stop roaring or the sun dies out, there’ll always be a place to go for energy. Kudos mother earth!”

  • Green Building Portal

    As Richard say’s it’s great to know people loving to move in to Green architecture, btw that great photos :)

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