GreenSource features NASA Sustainability Base

Here’s an excerpt–

In the fall of 2008, Steve Zornetzer, the associate center director of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, found himself in Houston with a problem. Ames was three months in on its plans for a new office building, and Zornetzer had just scrapped the entire design. “It was a building that could have been built in 1990,” he says. “There was nothing interesting architecturally or conservationally—it was a very boring project.”

Zornetzer was at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to hear a talk by the San Francisco–based architect and Cradle to Cradle pioneer William McDonough, FAIA, principal of William McDonough + Partners. The leadership at NASA had been interested in McDonough’s knowledge of healthy building materials for possible use in a Mars mission, but McDonough had other ideas. “I asked NASA, ‘Would you mind if we work on coming back to Earth first, before we go to Mars? What if I design a space station on Earth?’ ” McDonough recalls.

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William McDonough + Partners is the architecture practice founded by William McDonough; he is also active with Cradle to Cradle consulting through MBDC and provides CEO and governmental advising through McDonough Advisors.