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NASA Construction & Environmental Compliance Budget Request Fact Sheet

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
June 3, 2021
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Santa Susana Field Laboratory in California.

FY 2022 Budget Request
Construction & Environmental Compliance & Restoration
($ Millions)

Construction & Environmental Compliance Restoration (CECR) provides for capital repairs and improvements to NASA’s infrastructure and environmental compliance and restoration activities. With installations in 14 states, NASA collectively manages an inventory of more than 5,000 buildings and structures, of which 83 percent are beyond designed life. To ensure American preeminence in space, science, technology, and avionics, the Budget funds repair, replacement, and modernization of NASA’s infrastructure. The FY 2022 budget provides for vital repair and construction work to ensure NASA’s physical assets are safe, reliable, and mission-ready.

  • Institutional Construction of Facilities (CoF) ensures that NASA’s physical infrastructure is insufficient condition to enable execution of Agency’s missions, including utility systems, roads, facilities, and associated equipment. The Budget responds to NASA’s maintenance backlog of~$2.6 billion results by prioritizing, repairing, and replacing physical assets based on mission requirements. In addition to the new construction projects below, the FY 2022 budget of$205.8 million will provide for: the repair, replacement, or restoration of vital HVAC, water, sewer, electrical, and other systems ($106.5 million); investment in energy saving projects to avoid costs and increase sustainability ($8 million); demolition of unnecessary facilities that reduce the Agency’s footprint and avoid costs ($15 million); and the required planning and design of all construction($33.1 million).
    • $25 million for the construction of the Operations and Maintenance Facility at Johnson Space Center (JSP). The ~63,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will replace 28 existing and degraded buildings and allow demolition of ~100,000 square feet of unneeded space. The new facility will also significantly improve services for all mission activity at JSC, including the International Space Station, Orion, Commercial Crew, and numerous scientific and engineering research programs, while reducing the Agency footprint, saving energy, and avoiding costs.
    • $18.2 million for upgrades to the core and cross-center electrical infrastructure at Langley Research Center (LaRC). Upgrades include the completion of the underground, 22kV electrical distribution infrastructure of cables, feeders, and surge controls. The new electrical system will avoid risks to human life and mission performance by replacing obsolete equipment and enable vital mission activities and research conducted in LaRC’s wind tunnels, research labs, flight system integration and testing facilities, and other offices and buildings.
  • Programmatic Construction of Facilities funds projects to carry out specific Science, Exploration, and Space Operations programmatic requirements. Funding in this category is realigned from the mission directorates to the CECR budget, in accordance with statutory direction that all NASA construction projects be funded in the CECR account. In addition to the new construction below, the FY 2022 budget of $89.3 million for Exploration and $20.5 million for Space Operations will provide for repairs and modernization of vital infrastructure, including roads, critical systems (e.g., water, fire, electrical, mechanical), and facilities for both Exploration ($35 million) and Space Operations($8 million).
    • $3.5 million to continue the modification of launch infrastructure at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to support Space Launch System (SLS) activities. This project is jointly funded with Institutional CoF to upgrade systems for nitrogen, temperature and humidity control, air supply, fabrication, and emergency evacuation. The new launch infrastructure will enable Artemis and long-distance exploration programs.
    • $15.8 million to continue the rehabilitation of KSC’s Launch Control Center (LCC) HVAC system, including Air Handle Units (AHU), computer room air conditioning units, fan coils, chilled water pumps, and valves. Improvements to the LCC will ensure the ongoing operations of critical launch equipment, like monitoring systems, firing and computer rooms, and other controls. The new system will enhance sustainability and reduce operating costs through efficiency, while ensuring mission-critical operations (e.g., launch countdowns, controls, and communication) are not impacted by system failures.
    • $35 million to continue the replacement of the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) ~1.7 million square foot roof, which houses NASA’s primary, large-scale, environmentally controlled assembly environment. MAF’s roof is severely degraded and threatens to cause physical harm, mission delays, and potentially devastating impacts to vital space systems if it were to collapse. The replacement will ensure NASA’s mission success while utilizing modern materials that will enhance sustainability, reduce energy usage, and avoid associated costs.
    • $12.5 million to complete the Deep Space Network Aperture Enhance Project (DAEP) beam waveguide (BWG) antennas at the Goldstone Deep Space Communication Complex in California and the counterpart Canberra site at the Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex. The DSS-53 antenna in Madrid will enable the array of four antennas for enhanced aperture. Enhancements to the DSS-23 antenna pedestal at Goldstone (including mechanical systems, HVAC, electrical, surveillance, fire detection, and flood controls) will ensure full operational ability. The completion of both antennae will enable radio frequency and optical communications for NASA’s deep space exploration missions.
  • Environmental Compliance and Restoration (ECR) supports cleanup of hazardous materials and waste products released to the surface or groundwater at current and former NASA installations or associated facilities. Over the years, NASA activities have contributed to environmental problems. It is the Agency’s ethical and legal responsibility to address hazardous pollutants and environmental impacts. ECR activities include projects, studies, assessments, investigations, sampling, plans, designs, construction, engineering, program support, monitoring, and regulatory oversight. Funding also covers land acquisitions required to ensure operation of remedial treatment processes and facilities as part of remediation and cleanup measures.
    • The FY 2022 budget of $74.7 million will provide for remedial investigations and soil and groundwater cleanups at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), White Sands Test Facility, KSC, and Marshall Space Flight Center and continued operations of treatment systems and monitoring at other NASA centers and component facilities. SSFL activities in FY 2022 are of critical importance to the Agency and include the demolition of the Bravo and Coca Test Stands, continued groundwater treatment and monitoring, on-site storm and surface water management, and the management of cultural resources per the agreement with the State Historic Preservation Office and local Native American tribes.

FY 2020 reflects funding amounts specified in Public Law 116-93, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, as adjusted in NASA’s FY 2021 Initial Operating Plan, except Exploration Ground System Development and Exploration CoF. Table does not reflect emergency supplemental funding provided for NASA and included in the Safety, Security, and Mission Services account, as specified in Public Law 116-136, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, totaling $60.0 million. FY 2021 reflects funding amounts specified in Public Law 116-260, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, as adjusted by NASA’s FY 2021 Initial Operating Plan.

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