Press Release

Kennedy Holds Ceremony for NASA’s Greenest Facility on Jan. 20

By SpaceRef Editor
January 12, 2011
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Kennedy Space Center is inviting media to cover the ribbon-cutting ceremony for NASA’s greenest building, Propellants North Administrative and Maintenance Facility, on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m. EST.

Propellants North consists of two buildings, one to store cryogenic fuel transfer equipment and one to house personnel who support fueling spacecraft. The recently rebuilt buildings will be NASA’s first carbon neutral facility, which means it will produce enough energy on site from renewable sources to offset what it requires to operate. The facility also will reach for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Platinum status, which is the highest LEED rating.

In addition to its environmentally friendly features, such as a rainwater harvesting system for non-potable water irrigation and restroom use and more than 300 high-efficient solar panels on the roof, Propellants North has some very NASA Kennedy Space Center-specific touches. These include reusing deconstructed windows and framing from the historic Launch Control Center and landscaping mulch made from recycled crushed crawlerway rocks.

Media planning to attend the ceremony must arrive at Kennedy’s Press Site by 9:45 a.m. for transportation to the event. Journalists without permanent Kennedy credentials should submit their requests by 4 p.m. on Jan. 19 online at:

Badges for the event may be picked up Jan. 20 starting at 6 a.m. at the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405.

Participants must be dressed in full-length pants and flat shoes that entirely cover the feet.

Video highlights of the facility’s construction and ribbon-cutting event will air on NASA Television’s Video File Thursday afternoon. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

Images of the events will be posted on Kennedy’s Media Gallery at:

For more information about NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.