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ACM clads NASA building Low-emissivity glass deflects heat

Photo: NASA MSFC Photographic Services

Alcoa Architectural Products supplied 4-mm Reynobond aluminum composite material (ACM) for NASA's Building 4220 at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Abrams Architectural Products fabricated and installed the ACM into its AAP-700 ACM panel system. Additionally, Abrams Architectural Products fabricated and installed its AAP-C300 interior and exterior column covers for the 150,000-square-foot project, which opened in August 2014. The 4-mm ACM panels have fire-retardant cores and the project utilized 18,300 square feet of panels in Pewter and 12,300 square feet in Champagne Metallic.

Much of the exterior is covered in low-emissivity glass that deflects heat. Rooftop solar-power units augment electrical power and a 10,000-gallon cistern collects stormwater to irrigate the surrounding greenery. Building 4220's parking lot has a bioswale, a soil-and-vegetation-based means of capturing and filtering stormwater runoff and directing it into a nearby collecting pond.

Thomas Miller & Partners, the architecture firm for the project, designed Building 4220 to meet federally mandated standards of energy and water efficiency and is awaiting LEED certification. Building 4220 will be the seventh Marshall facility to earn LEED certification.

B.L. Harbert International was the general contractor. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the facility, oversaw the contract process and provided construction management and inspection services. The five-story Building 4220 is located at the southeast corner of Marshall Space Flight Center's Building 4200 administrative complex and has workspace for approximately 400 people. It houses the program office leading development of the Space Launch System, the U.S.'s next flagship launch vehicle.

Patrick Scheuermann, director of Marshall Space Flight Center, says his organization was doing more than opening a building. "We're adding effective, comfortable, environmentally friendly and pocketbook-friendly infrastructure for the next two generations of NASA workers," he says.

Owner: U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, Washington, D.C.

General contractor: B.L. Harbert International, Birmingham, Ala.

Architect: Thomas, Miller & Partners, Brentwood, Tenn.

Fabricator/installer: Abrams Architectural Products, Austell, Ga.

Aluminum composite material: Alcoa Architectural Products, Norcross, Ga.,