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Kennedy Space Center Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

Renderings of Kennedy Space Center HQ, HuntonBrady Architects.
Renderings of Kennedy Space Center HQ, HuntonBrady Architects.

NASA began construction on a new headquarters building at Kennedy Space Center Tuesday.

The new building is seven-stories tall and 200,000 square feet.

The building will house administrative and operational departments and will replace some of the existing facilities built in the 1960s.

The groundbreaking comes at a time where NASA is refocusing on space flight and exploration through partnerships with private companies.

Last month Both SpaceX and Boeing were awarded contracts to transport crew to the International Space Station and will operate from the space center.

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Renderings of Kennedy Space Center HQ, HuntonBrady Architects.[/caption]

NASA says the building satisfies their commitment to environmental sustainability. The building utilizes a green cooling system, solar panels, and other sustainable materials.

The Orlando based architecture firm that designed the building, HuntonBrady, expects about two years for construction.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."