NASA broke ground on its new Virginia data center May 22, 2015. The computational research facility, which is part of the Langley Research Center and will be built by Turner Construction Co., will occupy 40,000 square feet and include a data center and office space. The facility is part of NASA's plan to strengthen the infrastructure at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
NASA Langley's 20-year revitalization project is the organization's answer to outdated infrastructure and facilities. Langley Research Center, located approximately 25 miles north of Norfolk, was opened during World War I, and the average facility age is 45 years there. By 2030, NASA hopes, among other things, to have 604,000 square feet of new building space while eliminating 1.21 million square feet from Langley's footprint. Six new, sustainable facilities are planned as part of the project. This data center facility is the third building to be constructed so far.
"Implementation of the revitalization program is a significant challenge for the center in numerous ways," said Cathy Mangum, director of Langley's Center Operations Directorate. "However, its success is critical to being able to modernize the buildings and infrastructure at Langley and bringing the operations and maintenance budgets into balance."
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