ALPOLIC MCM Contributes to Revitalization of NASA Langley
As the oldest of NASA’s field centers, Langley Research Center enjoys a storied history of aeronautical accomplishments. The Hampton, Virginia campus hosted training for the country’s first astronaut crews, and it was where renowned mathematician Katherine Johnson calculated trajectories and launch periods for the country’s first human spaceflight program. Today, researchers at NASA Langley continue their commitment to improvements in aircraft and spacecraft performance. A new facility featuring ALPOLIC MCM serves to further push dreams of universal exploration into the future.
The Measurement Systems Laboratory (MSL) is part of a multi-million-dollar revitalization effort for the research campus. Housing six NASA Research and Engineering Groups, MSL features forty state-of-the-art research labs and workspace for over two hundred employees. Projects conducted within the building include development of instrumentation to improve navigational readings for autonomous aircraft and study of the Earth’s atmosphere.
In keeping with the innovative functionality of this five-story project, the exterior design reflects a contemporary look that connects NASA’s roots in the early days of flight to current endeavors in global travel and space exploration. In addition to other materials used, over 90,000 square feet of ALPOLIC /fr SMX Silver Metallic and RVW White MCM was fabricated and installed by CEI Materials. The bright colors, fortified with Lumiflon FEVE, provide a bright and beautiful contrast to the terracotta panels used on the main building.
MCM Helps Modernize Established Organizations
Metal composite materials bring more than aesthetic beauty to government and educational campuses in need of revitalization. ALPOLIC products, through their longevity and ease of maintenance, contribute to the overall efficiency of any building, whether new or earmarked for retrofitting. NASA’s Measurement Systems Laboratory is one of many LEED Gold Certified buildings featuring ALPOLIC MCM.
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