NASA Langley Research Center Headquarters

Hampton, VA

New Town is the densification of NASA’s oldest research center in Hampton, Virginia. NASA looked to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Region 3 to help them plan for six buildings, through GSA’s Design Excellence Program, so they could consolidate inward from buildings that are well over 50 years old. Cooper Carry was selected as the Architect of Record as part of the GSA’s Design-Excellence Design-Build program. This 75,000 gross square foot, three story, all glass and metal panel building is the new home for the Center’s Director, her team, and five other departments. In adhering to NASA’s directive to be sustainable along with a required service life of 40 years, our team proposed a better than LEED Gold rating, ultimately achieving Platinum, through innovative solutions. Cooper Carry’s Environmental Graphics team developed an interior and exterior sign system to be used over the entire New Town. Using materials found throughout the building, the design reflects the mission of the Langley Research Center of exploring earth, atmosphere and space.

project scope

75,000 SF


Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


  • 2013 Client Advisor Award, Large Professional Services Firm
  • 2012 NASA Blue Marble Award for Excellence in Energy and Water Management
  • 2012 Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s Environmental Excellence Award, Gold-Level
  • 2012 U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy and Water Management Award,
  • 2011 ENR Southeast, Best Green Building
  • 2011 GSA Real Property, Innovation Award, Sustainability Category
  • LEED v2 BD+C: New Construction, Platinum
Thank you for a project expertly designed and completed, and we consider Cooper Carry as the partner that GSA seeks for its projects. — Anthony R. Dell’Arciprete, PE, GSA Program Manager: Thomas J. Quenville, NASA Langley Program Manager