NASA Langley's New Town Campus Striving for Gold LEED Certification

Monday, November 26, 2012

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The General Services Administration awarded Whiting-Turner a $40 million contract to design and build the 135,000-square-foot Integrated Engineering Services Building on NASA Langley's New Town Campus.  The building will house the cafeteria and convocation facilities now in the Reid Conference Center and Pearl Young Theater, as well as various audio-visual capabilities, including the consolidation of Langley's video labs.  Additionally, the Integrated Engineering Design Center, Flight Mission Support Center and Navigation Center will reside in the facility.

As with all new federal structures, the Integrated Services building will be constructed along Green Building Council environmental guidelines and will be awarded a LEED rating upon completion.  Gary Stergen, Langley's project manager for the facility, said, "The goal for this building is Gold, but to achieve Platinum is going to be much more difficult."  Cooper Carry, architects, designed in the ultimate in sustainable wall systems to maximize the LEED rating – rainscreen terracotta.

Walker & Laberge Company, the Virginia-based glazing contractor for the project, chose ProCLAD as its building envelope partner to furnish and install the terracotta because of their extensive experience in rainscreen systems.  The running bond pattern will give the building a dramatic monumental feature in contrast to the sleek, modern-looking curtain wall glazing.