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NASA Vertical Assembly Center

Broadmoor 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 and foundations

Services: Design-Build Contractor


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