|NASA Michoud Assembly Facility Projects
The Michoud Assembly Facility is an
832-acre site owned by NASA in New Orleans East. Organizationally,
it is part of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and is currently a
multi-tenant complex, allowing commercial and government contractors, as well
as government agencies, to use the site. Broadmoor has had the opportunity to
work directly for NASA, building and renovating facilities on the site, as well
as for private commercial entities.
For NASA, we have built a new, $26 million Vertical
Assembly Building (VAB) - bringing an important piece of NASA’s vision for the
future of human space flight and exploration to reality. The building was built
to serve as the campus’s production facility that accommodates the unique
requirements associated with ARES I Upper Stage final assembly operations. The building has a footprint of 200 feet by 115
feet and stands one hundred and sixty feet 160 feet tall. The foundation for
the structure consists of more than four hundred 110-foot by 16-inch square
precast concrete pilings with a slab thickness of 2 feet.
Other assignments for NASA have included highly
technical foundation work in preparation for housing upgraded technical
equipment, renovations to industrial buildings, the building of new equipment
platforms, and the construction of a new, $21 million redundant pump station.
For a private contractor of NASA’s, the Swedish
industrial company ESAB, we were responsible for building a new Vertical
Assembly Center (VAC) for use by the new heavy-lift Space Launch System
designed to support the forthcoming human missions to Mars. This VAC is the
first of its kind in North America, and built alongside construction work at
Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, it will hopefully provide the infrastructure
needed for the first human landing on Mars in the years ahead.
Contract Value: Varied
Services: General Contractor