NASA and McDonough Break Ground on “Sustainability Base” in California

The building is expected to be the greenest in the federal government.

Yesterday was the ground-breaking ceremony for William McDonough + Partners‘ new Collaborative Support Facility at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in Silicon Valley. The 50,000-square-foot facility is expected to be the highest-performing building in the federal government, and thus will incorporate a dizzying array of green-building strategies (natural ventilation, a geothermal system, radiant cooling, on-site photovoltaic energy generation, and on and on) as well as some of the latest NASA technologies. “I like to think of it as the first lunar outpost on Earth,” the center’s director said. Learn more about the mission and features of the “Sustainability Base” with this five-minute video.

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