ATLANTIS ORBITER HOME AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA

AN ENGINEERING FEAT NEVER ACCOMPLISHED BEFORE.

CLIENT
PGAV Destinations

SIZE
96,000 sf

SERVICES
Design Services

AWARDS
SMPS National Marketing Communications – Media Campaign

While NASA’s Space Shuttle program has ended, one spacecraft lives on in a prime position. Space Shuttle Atlantis now permanently sits 30 feet off the ground, rotated at a 43.2-degree angle at Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex. Moreover, the reason you can safely walk under this 82-ton, 80 ft. wide, space vehicle today is because a BRPH structural engineer made it so.

Constructed AROUND the Atlantis, this facility is beyond unique, as only getting it to the Visitor Complex was a feat in itself. The journey from the other side of the space center required teams to remove 120 light poles, 23 traffic signals, 56 traffic signs, and one high-voltage power line.

Once inside, the shuttle was carefully situated within the future exhibit space and aligned slightly off of the building’s column grid to provide the best views from the elevated ramps and observation platforms.

The support beams used on the underside of Atlantis are formed from pairs of W30 × 173 sections that have been welded together and covered at the top and bottom flanges by one inch thick plates.

A once in a lifetime modern engineering marvel – never before attempted or executed.