NASA Sustainability Base
NASA Sustainability BaseMoffett Field, California
ClientNASA Ames Research Center
"Working closely with Bill McDonough and his team was inspirational and extremely beneficial. The collaborative process yielded a highly sustainable and beautiful design—optimized for building performance and representative of our values... I see this as a prototype of a 21st-century building. This is the way we’re going to have to think about building in the future."
- Steve Zornetzer, Associate Director, NASA Ames Research Center
Sustainability Base, NASA’s new facility at the entrance to Ames Research Center, is designed to showcase NASA’s culture of innovation. The client charged the team with delivering a facility that embodies NASA’s spirit, fosters collaboration, supports health and well-being, and goes beyond LEED® Platinum in its pursuit of Cradle to Cradle solutions.
As design architect, WM+P led an intensive fast-track effort. The three-month concept and schematic design phase incorporated significant analysis of each scheme to test, and later tune, building performance against project goals. One result of this integrated dialog was an innovative approach to building structure. The exoskeleton approach offers increased structural performance during seismic events, provides an armature for daylighting and shading strategies, and creates a column-free interior that facilitates workplace flexibility. It also becomes the icon for the building, recalling lunar modules and satellites. Other project innovations range from aggressive daylighting and natural ventilation design to in-depth materials screening. The resulting building is a flexible workplace filled with glare-free daylight, fresh air and abundant connections to the outdoors, serviced by systems that, in time, will use only renewable energy and will maintain water in closed loops.
Area50,000 square feet
William McDonough + Partners, Design Architect
AECOM, Architect of Record / Landscape Architect of Record / MEP / Structural / Civil
Loisos + Ubbelohde, Daylighting / Lighting / Energy Consultant
Siteworks Studio, Design Landscape Architect
McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, Materials Assessment
TBD, Cost Estimator
LEED® Platinum Certification
Acterra, 2013 Business Environmental Award, Sustainable Built Environment
Center on Environmental Innovation & Leadership, 2011 Leadership in Innovation Award
White House GreenGov Award 2011, Lean Clean and Green
ENR California, Best Projects of 2011, Award of Merit - Green Building
Silicon Valley Business Times’ Structures Awards 2010, Best Green Project
GSA Real Property 2010 Award for Green Innovation