MARS Integration Facility

Allen + Shariff provided MEP engineering services for this $5.3M new construction project. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) is a commercial space launch facility located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The project received $96,000 in federal funding. The facility includes a 9,000 SF metal building with 5,000 SF of open bay / future storage space, 2,000 SF of ground floor office, lavatory, and lobby space. There is also 2,000 SF of elevated mezzanine containing a mechanical room and open storage. The project is complete in design and currently in construction phase.

Domestic water systems were designed to service the facility per local codes in a clean and cost-effective manner. Domestic hot water was designed to provide all dual temp fixtures with an ample amount of hot with the help of domestic hot water recirculation system.

Incoming fire protection was designed to NFPA 13 and NASA standards. The fire protection main was sized to accommodate the designed footprint of the building with considering any possible future growth of the facility.

The electrical design included new 480/277V 3-phase 600-amp building service backed up with a 400kW diesel generator.  An additional 480/277V 3-phase service was designed for the 20HP fire pump. Power and lighting branch circuits were added for the open office, conference rooms, hall, bathrooms, reception, office, open work area, and clean room.  New lighting included LED luminaires with energy code-compliant controls.  The control room was designed for power and lighting as a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) space.

Fire alarm system, with audio/visual notification devices, was designed and included monitoring of duct detectors, tamper switches, and flow switches.  Site work included exterior building and pole-mounted lighting, power, and communications for security gates, along with a lightning protection system.

Project Details

Client: George, Miles & Buhr

Square Footage: 9,000

Services: MEP Engineering

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