Life Support Facility – Kennedy Space Center, Florida
The Life Support Facility will serve as the operation center for the SCAPE procedures at the Kennedy Space Center. NASA’s Self Contained Atmospheric Protective Ensemble (SCAPE) suits will be processed in this new 22,000 square foot facility. The $5.7 million dollar building is constructed of concrete, tilt-wall panels and a structural steel frame. This building is uniquely equipped with a monorail system to move the SCAPE suits throughout the various areas to be washed, dried, inspected, repaired and stored. The project also includes site work, utilities, mechanical and electrical systems, as well as, photovoltaic lighting in the parking areas. Additionally, a breathing air piping system runs throughout the building. This project was completed May 2008.
The Life Support Facility is the second project at the Kennedy Space Center to be designed and constructed to comply with the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Rating System. This facility was approved for Silver Certification in early 2009.