The existing headquarters building that opened in 1965. Image source: NASA.
An artist's concept of the new headquarters building. Image source: Florida Today.
Kennedy Space Center held a groundbreaking yesterday for its new administrative headquarters.
Two years from now, employees and guests entering Kennedy Space Center's $65 million new headquarters building will walk into a two-story, glass-sided lobby, across a terrazzo floor decorated with star constellations.
The center director and other top leaders will ascend to the seventh floor of a sweeping white facade that anchors one side of the building, giving it an iconic appearance and hinting at KSC's past and future missions, according to its designers.
About 500 civil servants and contractors will fill seven floors of offices and conference rooms consolidating most of the center's administrative functions, and dine in a first-floor cafeteria decorated with a solar system motif.
Best of all, the 200,000 square-foot facility that NASA broke ground on Tuesday is expected to meet a "gold" standard for energy efficiency, saving KSC money over time compared to its existing nearly 50-year-old headquarters.
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