provided the design and construction of the foundation and structure of the
Vertical Assembly Center (VAC) at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans for ESAB Tools. A critical tool
specifically designed and built to weld together pieces of the core stage of
the Space Launch System (SLS) - NASA's new heavy-lift rocket that will send
humans to deep space destinations, including an asteroid and Mars.
The VAC is where domes, rings, and
barrels will be joined together to complete the tanks or dry structure
assemblies. The tool also will perform nondestructive evaluation on the
completed welds. The VAC, measuring 170 feet tall and 78 feet wide, is one of
the world's largest welding tools.
Owner: ESAB for NASA
Architect: Broadmoor, LLC
Contract Value: $10,047,346
Size: 170’ X 78’ Steel Structure