NASA Headquarters achieves LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors

A sustainable renovation in place for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D.C.

VOA is pleased to announce that National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. was recently awarded LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors v2009 from the U.S. Green Building Council.

VOA was commissioned by building owner Piedmont Office Realty Trust to design an extensive renovation-in-place of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) 661,000 square foot headquarters in Southwest Washington, D.C. NASA has fully-occupied the building for 20 years. During renovations, VOA designed swing space at two additional locations in Washington, D.C. In addition to the stringent programmatic GSA and LEED requirements that were included in the project scope, VOA explored NASA’s inherent workplace culture with a goal to further understand, quantitatively and qualitatively, how the agency functions today and how it strives to grow in the coming years while occupying its current headquarters facility. The project commenced in 2011 and building was completed in 2014.
VOA employed numerous design features to achieve LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors on the NASA HQ:

  • NASA was the first large scale commercial building in DC to install LED light fixtures throughout the office space.  This resulted in a 44% reduction in connected lighting power.
  • 90% of the lighting load was connected to occupancy sensors which reduces energy consumption.
  • The renovation achieved a 23% reduction in total HVAC energy cost.
  • 87% of on-site generated construction waste during renovation was diverted from landfill.
  • 98% of the furniture was salvaged, refurbished and reused.

Size: 661,000 SF completed in several phases.

Project team: John Jessen, Liz Peterson, Lauren Hunt, Christina McEnroe and Claudia Kakareka.

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