Project Specs
Owner National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA)
Square Footage 3,550
Start Date10/2008
Completion Date12/2009
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NASA Stennis Cryogenics Control Center

Project Overview

NASA’s Cryogenic Control Center, built by McDonnel’s industrial construction group, is constructed of structural precast concrete wall panels with a precast double tee roof substructure, standing seam metal roofing, fixed aluminum windows, concrete and asphalt paving, and associated mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems.

The Safe Haven portion of the project included modifications to the existing cryogenic (liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen) process piping systems utilized in the manufacture of rocket fuel for testing of rocket engines. Also included in the modifications was the addition of vacuum jacketed piping, cryogenic valves, and a barge transfer system.

Sustainable Building Features of this LEED Certified Building:

  • 10% Post and Pre Consumer Recycled Content Contained Within Materials Used for Building
  • 10% of Building Materials were Purchase From Regional Facilities Located Within a 500 mile radius of the Construction Site
  • Construction Waste Diverted to Recycling Facilities in-lieu of Landfills
  • Storm Water Prevention Plan Was Implemented
  • Solar Powered Light Fixtures were Installed in the Building’s Parking Lot
  • Reflective Standing Seam Metal Roof
  • Energy Efficient Mechanical Systems
  • Low Volume Water Fixtures
  • Water Efficient Landscaping Was Used

Lessons Learned

Highly Specialized Systems

The process integration piping systems are located within the cryogenic complex and create an extremely volatile environment. The volatility of the systems required extreme coordination between The McDonnel Group and the facility users to maintain a safe working environment for all employees. The cryogenic piping systems work includes installation of cryogenic valves, vacuum jacketed piping, liquid oxygen piping, liquid nitrogen piping and gas piping operating at temperatures extremely harmful if released to the environment. Safety was always the top priority for The McDonnel Group while performing work on the systems. The coordination of work efforts was critical to ensure the continued operation of the facility throughout construction. Bi-weekly meetings were held to coordinate work activities with the existing operations to minimize interruptions of service and meet the concerns of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration.


LEED New Building Construction Certification; 2010 Regional Best Specialty Construction Project, ENR South Central Construction Magazine