Location: Houston

Client: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Completion Date: 2011

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Burns & McDonnell with an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for work at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. Under terms of the $9.9 million, non-exclusive IDIQ contract, Burns & McDonnell’s Houston and world headquarters offices will co-manage selected facility improvement projects at JSC, Ellington Field in Houston and the White Sands Testing Facility in New Mexico. Specific projects are expected to be defined in the near future.

Projects performed under this IDIQ agreement include:

Upgrade Central Heating and Cooling Plant

This project consisted of two parts. The first was the automation of the Building 24 chemical treatment system, and the second was equipment replacement in Building 24. The chemical treatment system now consists of three individually controlled processes that communicate with an existing plant programmable logic controller (PLC). These processes now include a cooling tower water treatment station, a boiler feedwater and steam treatment station, and a chilled water treatment station. Each individual treatment station includes a local interface with both manual and automatic controls and a means of communicating back to the existing plant PLC. The Building 24 equipment replacement is divided among five systems: the condensate system, the freon recovery system, the chilled water system, the deaerator system and the boiler feedwater system.

Upgrade Site Electrical System at JSC

Burns & McDonnell was selected to upgrade demountable splices and provide new extensions and re-routing of underground feeders. The project consisted of field verification of existing conditions and performing design services for upgrades. The project included analysis and redesign of at least 48 splices containing more than 288 individual cable terminations.

Provide New 10,000-Gallon E85 Fuel Dispensing System

Burns & McDonnell was selected to provide detailed design drawings, specifications and a cost estimate for purchase and installation of a 10,000-gallon E85 fuel dispensing station for unattended self-service operation for all NASA fleet vehicles at Johnson Space Center. This project included a 10,000-gallon fuel storage tank; UL-listed dispensing device and hose assembly; fuel management system; concrete tank foundation and dispenser island; and electrical, telephone, grounding and lightning protection system.

Upgrade Hangar Fire Protection Systems

The  scope of this project included the design of a new high expansion forming foam (HEF) system for two hangar bays at Ellington Field. The installed system is capable of automatically and manually providing uniform distribution of HEF solution to provide complete coverage throughout the hangar bays.

Repair and Upgrade Central Utility Plant

Burns & McDonnell was awarded a task order consisting of upgrades to selected equipment at the central heating and cooling plant. This was the second significant project awarded to Burns & Mc Donnell in this facility. Upgrades included the following:

  • Upgrade to boiler blowdown system
  • Replacement of a 2000-ton steam turbine chiller
  • Replacement of eight chilled water pumps and motors
  • Upgrade of existing 5-ton bridge crane
  • Installation of a raised grated floor above existing boiler for storage of heavy oil drums

The JSC includes a number of specialized facilities dedicated to development and testing of materials and systems to determine if they can withstand the rigors of space flight. Those include the Space Shuttle Orbiter Mockup and Integration laboratory, where astronauts train in full-scale space shuttle compartments and the Weightless Environment Training Facility, which provides controlled neutral buoyancy in water to simulate weightlessness and allow astronauts to train, test and evaluate procedures for extravehicular assignments and work load limits in space. Other facilities at the JSC are dedicated to:

  • Aircraft and component fabrication and assembly
  • Operations and control
  • Flight simulation
  • Specialized system testing
  • Propulsion system testing
  • Aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul
  • Specialized training
  • Avionics testing and maintenance
  • Computer operations and backup system
  • Test stands
  • Support facilities