National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Design of Science Processing Areas and Ammonia Vapor Containment Facility Expansion


Mechanical & Electrical
Fire Protection


Kennedy Space Center, Florida




$5.3 million


8,480 square feet

Improving NASA Research Space to Support the Mars 2020 Mission

For experiments and testing to support its Mars 2020 mission, NASA needed additional science processing space and capabilities within the Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center.

Our team designed plans to renovate and subdivide the Flight Crew Equipment Processing Lab into four Science Processing Areas, providing 2,987 square feet of clean room laboratory space. A similar design for the kitchen area created seven more Science Processing Areas, providing an additional 5,493 square feet of clean room laboratory space.

Due to the need for more functional space, NASA’s overall design scope grew to include a 20-foot expansion of the Ammonia Vapor Containment Facility (VCF). Our team provided this additional design within the original budget. In addition, we used plastic barriers and HVAC pressurization controls so the VCF could continue its critical operation throughout construction.

While the comprehensive design is complete, parts of the overall project haven’t started construction. The completed design includes modifications to the fire sprinkler system, fire alarm system, plumbing system, and HVAC. In addition, our team’s architectural design accommodated laboratory equipment and updated emergency egress paths.

Our team provided engineering services for the completed portions of the overall project, including site inspections, reviewing submittals and requests for information from the construction contractor, and finding solutions for real-time developments like utility relocations.