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NASA construction goes green
New building aims for LEED status

Kabir Bhatia
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On Friday morning, NASA Glenn Research Center breaks ground on its newest office building, the first step in a 20-year master plan to revamp the entire campus.
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The three-story steel structure will consolidate staff from several older offices on the campus northwest of Cleveland Hopkins airport.  The building is also NASA’s first to attempt to get Leadership in Energy Efficient Design, or LEED, certification.
LEED inspectors will award points based on the construction’s energy savings and efficient use of resources.  If the finished product is sufficiently “green,” it will be awarded silver status, the third-highest certification available.
Facility Project Manager Eric Patton.
"We were basically mandated by the government to- any new facilities we construct need to meet the LEED silver certification.  If you look, an aerial view, our campus is like a giant ‘D,’ and the middle section is basically where we’re revitalizing."
Completion of the Centralized Office Building is set for February 2012.

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I think the green building is a fabulous idea.

Posted by: Tom Smith (Atlanta) on September 1, 2010 4:09AM
NASA can make a green building, but they can't put a man on the moon?

Posted by: Tom Smith (Atlanta, GA) on September 1, 2010 4:09AM
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