NASA Michoud Assembly Facility

Project Description

Client: NASA Michoud
Location: New Orleans, LA
Architect: Jacobs Technologies, Inc.
Date of Completion: February 2016

The Challenge

The Michoud Assembly Facility is an 832-acre site owned by NASA in New Orleans East. Organizationally, it is part of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and is currently a multi-tenant complex, allowing commercial and government contractors, as well as government agencies, to use the site.  Most recently, Broadmoor built  the new, $26 million Vertical Assembly Building, bringing an important piece of NASA’s vision for the future of human space flight and exploration to reality.  The building will serve as the campus’s main production facility that accommodates the unique requirements associated with ARES I Upper Stage final assembly operations.

Additional work Broadmoor has complete for NASA include highly technical foundation work in preparation for housing upgraded technical equipment, renovations to industrial buildings,  constructing new equipment platforms, and the construction of a new, $21 million redundant pump station.

the Swedish industrial company ESAB, as a private contractor of NASA, contracted Broadmoor to construct the new Vertical Assembly Center for use by the new heavy-lift Space Launch System, designed to support the forthcoming missions to Mars.  This Vertical Assembly Center is the first of its kind in North America, and built alongside construction work at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.