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.