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posted by martyb on Tuesday July 22 2014, @05:04AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the we-cant-afford-rockets-anymore dept.

"NASA has awarded a two-year contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando to build a new multi-story headquarters building at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The maximum value of this firm fixed-price contract is $64,823,000, including base work and five awarded options. The contract award begins Thursday.

The new headquarters building is the cornerstone for Kennedy's central campus consolidation. The campus construction will enable demolition of approximately 900,000 square feet of buildings and supporting infrastructure in what is known as the Kennedy Industrial Area, while rebuilding only about 450,000 square feet. Kennedy will save an estimated $400 million during the next 40 years because of the 50 percent reduction in square footage and the lower operation and maintenance costs associated with the new energy-efficient facilities."

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by GreatAuntAnesthesia on Tuesday July 22 2014, @08:26AM

    by GreatAuntAnesthesia (3275) on Tuesday July 22 2014, @08:26AM (#72196) Journal

    >NASA has awarded a two-year contract ... to build a new multi-story headquarters building ...

    Does it fly?

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by VLM on Tuesday July 22 2014, @03:50PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday July 22 2014, @03:50PM (#72316)

    About $150/sq ft. Not shockingly high or low.

    My house cost about $75 building and land relatively early in the housing bubble and they're paying $150 for demolition and construction but not land. Then again they're going all green which can be expensive, and unclear if "executive grade amenities" are included in the cost. A couple solid gold toilets in the exec offices could be expensive. Also demolishing an old office building like that means near certain lead paint and asbestos issues.

    It seems semi-reasonable.

    In true NASA fashion, they should now promise the building will do everything everyone could possibly desire, then take 10 years longer than planned to build it, cost 100 times as much as original estimates, and have it blow up about 1 out of 50 times they try to use it. And have a whole squad of people chanting constantly that they don't need people they just need robots, and who cares how much the building costs as long as its reusable, sorta kinda. And every time someone uses the elevator, the bad news is someone has to disassemble and rebuild the elevator by hand, but the good news is they can remotely reprogram the elevator and redirect it to any floor in the building while its moving as the mission evolves. Every time they get a new mission, they have to scrap the building and the blueprints and start over from scratch. And it won't be complete without a ring of anti-nuke protestors outside the building complaining about contamination from the americium in the smoke detectors. I could probably go on making NASA jokes all day here, but...