Pasadena, CA (Vocus) October 20, 2009
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) debuts its new Flight Projects Center Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. JPL is a Federally-funded research and development facility managed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The original ribbon cutting was postponed due to last month's Station Fire which threatened the Lab's northern edge. The ceremony will honor JPL's LEED Gold Flight Projects Center, the greenest completed facility in the NASA family.
Since 2000, GSA has mandated all new federal construction and major modernization projects to attain, at minimum, a LEED Certified rating while striving for LEED Silver. Thanks to the sustainable architects at California-based LPA Inc., JPL's Flight Projects Center surpasses this mandate to achieve Gold Certification on a Silver budget.
"We are proud of the new building - not only for the exciting work on space missions that will take place within its walls, but also because it uses the latest 'green' technology to help us protect the environment we live in on Planet Earth," said JPL Director Dr. Charles Elachi.
From high efficiency chillers to fan wall technology, energy efficiency was a key driver at JPL. The Flight Projects Center is a Savings by Design participant and Energy Star Challenge for Architects award recipient (2007). According to LPA President Dan Heinfeld, these types of acknowledgments are needed because we cannot afford the luxury of buildings that don't make real reductions in water and energy use.
The six-story center will house missions in the busy design and development phases, when engineers and scientists from around the world must work together closely. The 190,000-square-foot building includes a 400-seat auditorium, basement, conference rooms and private, yet flexible work stations. The building is designed to exceed California's stringent Title 24 requirements by 25 percent. The General Contractor for the project was Swinerton Builders Inc. with Vanir Construction Management Inc. providing construction management services.
For media credentials to the JPL Ribbon Cutting Monday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.
JPL Media Contacts:
Flight Projects Center, Building 321
4800 Oak Grove
Pasadena, CA 91109
About LPA Inc.
Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 230 employees with offices in Irvine, Roseville, and San Diego, Calif. LPA provides services in architecture, planning, interior design, engineering, landscape architecture, signage and graphics. They have more LEED certified buildings than any firm in the state and of their employees, more than 78 percent are LEED accredited professionals. With extensive experience in public and private architecture, LPA designs a diversity of facilities that span from corporate and civic establishments to K-12 schools, colleges and universities.