NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Bldg. 4800 HVAC Upgrades

Project Team


Design West Engineering enhanced NASA's Main Building at Armstrong Flight Research Center. Our MEP services included replacing air-handling units, upgrading HVAC controls, and improving cooling tower and piping for long-term comfort and reliability.

Year & Location


Edwards Air Force Base



About the Project

Design West Engineering provided MEP services to improve numerous mechanical aspects of the Main Building at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center B4800. Originally constructed in the 1950, this historic facility’s HVAC systems were long overdue for replacement. The project required the upgrade of nearly the entire mechanical system and associated infrastructure. Once complete, the project will provide long-term comfort, safety, reliability and maintainability to support NASA’s ongoing missions.
The project scope includes the following:

  • Replacement of degraded air-handling units
  • Upgrade and optimization of HVAC controls
  • Replacement and upsizing of environmental lab cooling tower and piping
  • Replacement of degraded chilled water piping and insulation
  • Replacement of degraded hot water piping and insulation
  • Replacement of degraded condenser water piping and insulation (where applicable)
  • Replacement of inefficient vapor compression (DX) air conditioner units with chilled water units
  • Installation of a redundant chilled water plant

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