Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
In 2016, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) opened Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing, providing guests with an engaging and an awe-inspiring journey designed to spark discussion about how society defines a hero. Cutting-edge technology, interactive elements and engaging exhibits work together to introduce visitors to the heroes of the NASA space program: the pioneers who made space exploration possible.
Designed to be the first stop upon entering KSCVC, Heroes & Legends uses the early years of the space program to explore the concept of heroism, and the qualities that define the individuals who inspired their generation. The 37,000-square-foot, retro-fitted building marries cutting-edge technology with mesmerizing special effects, priceless artifacts and thought-provoking exhibits.
BRPH provided design-build, architectural, engineering, and preconstruction and construction management services for this new attraction, repurposing a portion of the existing Early Space Exploration building.
The design of the building is meant to celebrate spacecraft throughout history and into the future, and features a 30-by-40-foot bas-relief sculpture of the seven Mercury astronauts on its façade. A dramatic, sweeping ramp entrance simulates the journey to the stars, and features an elevated slingshot path through the Rocket Garden.
The next floor has 10 exhibit modules that simulate holograms, augmented reality and other imaginative displays of artifacts and memorabilia. A rotunda-like space adds to the beauty of this exhibit and introduces the new U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, featuring a media loop montage and an interactive kiosk at the center highlighting the most recent inductees. One of the architectural highlights is the 68-foot-long Mercury Redstone rocket suspended from the roof structure.