A full scale model of the space shuttle is backed into a temporary holding area on December 11, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. NASA is building a new headquarters at Kennedy as part of a consolidation project. (BRUCE WEAVER / AFP/Getty Images)
NASA has awarded a contract for a new building to be constructed at the Kennedy Space Center.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando will perform the work, under a firm fixed-price contract is $64,823,000, including base work and five awarded options.
The new headquarters building will be the centerpiece of a campus consolidation underway at Kennedy. The project will enable NASA to demolish 900,000 square feet of buildings and supporting infrastructure in what is known as Kennedy Industrial Area, while rebuilding only about 450,000 square feet. Kennedy will save an estimated $400 million during the next 40 years from the reduction in space and associated operations and maintenance costs, according to NASA.