NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION


                          CONSTRUCTION OF FACILITIES


                          FISCAL YEAR 1996 ESTIMATES


                                   SUMMARY


                         FACILITY PLANNING AND DESIGN




                                                                      Amount


Master Planning..............................................   $    400,000


Sustaining Engineering Support...............................        700,000


Preliminary Engineering Reports and
  Related Special Engineering Support........................      1,600,000


Final Design.................................................      7,300,000



Total........................................................    $10,000,000


                          CONSTRUCTION OF FACILITIES


                          FISCAL YEAR 1996 ESTIMATES



    PROJECT TITLE:  Facility Planning and Design


                                                FY 1996 Estimate:  $10,000,000                            


                  FY 1994:  $21,500,000                   FY 1995:  $10,000,000


The funds requested in this estimate are required to provide for the following
advance planning and design activities related to facilities activities and
projects where not otherwise provided for:


    a.  The accomplishment of necessary studies, development and  master
planning for field installation and the provision of continuing  engineering
support and special engineering management and other services.


    b.  The preparation of preliminary engineering reports, cost  estimates,
and design and construction schedules.  Also includes the  preliminary
engineering efforts required to initiate design-build projects.


    c.  The preparation of final designs which include construction  plans,
specifications, and associated cost estimates and schedules required to
implement construction projects.


    d.  The accomplishment of facilities siting and other investigations,
studies and reports. 


A.  Master Planning..........................................   $400,000


Provides for updating, developing and automating existing field installation
master plans.  This effort includes facility studies, site investigations,
and analyses of utility systems.  The existing utility and civil drawings will
be converted into a highly detailed electronic database using a
computer-aided-design (CADD) system.  Topographical features from original
drawings will be merged electronically to create individual area maps or an
entire center map.  The master plan documents will be updated to reflect
as-built conditions and to graphically represent the 5-year facility plan
baseline for future development.


The NASA field center master plans are periodically updated.  The master plans
are essential as reference documents for land use planning, identification of
physical relationships of facilities, and proper orientation and arrangement
of facilities.  The updates reflect as-built condition of facilities and
utility systems with emphasis on changes caused by recent facility construction
and modifications.


B.  Sustaining Engineering Support...........................   $700,000


Provisions for facility studies and specific engineering support continue in
importance as evidenced in recent years.  These efforts are important due to
changing cost trends in construction materials and fuels; the operation and
maintenance costs for the physical plant; and energy conservation and
efficiency.


The following items are included in the FY 1996 requirements:


  1.  Building Research Board
Covers annual support to the Federal Construction Council's (FCC) operations
and provides for special studies that the Council will perform throughout
FY 1996 to help advance the science and technology of Federal Government
building and construction.  The FCC is subordinate to the Building Research
Board, National Academy of Sciences, and its activities are supported by NASA
and other Federal agencies with similar construction programs.


  2.  Value Engineering, Cost Validations and Analyses
Provides for engineering services to improve cost-effectiveness of facility
projects by subjecting project design criteria, specifications and working
drawings for specific material components and systems to detailed independent
reviews by engineering specialists.  Also provides services necessary to
predict and validate facility costs to aid in resources planning.


  3.  Facilities Utilization Analyses
Provides for the analyses of agencywide facilities utilization data covering
(1) office and other types of building space; (2) designate major technical
facilities; and (3) special studies comparing the utilization of technical
facilities which are similar in type or capability, such as wind tunnels.  Such
analyses provide for (1) insights into and development of better methods of
identifying underutilized facilities; (2) improved techniques to quantify
level of facilities use; and (3) actions to improve facilities utilization.
Work provides for review of each installationŐs inventory data base in support
of the facilities utilization program.  Surveys are necessary to validate the
reported data in relation to a specific problem or need, and to assist in
providing a credible foundation for plans to improve the use of facilities.


  4.  Facilities Management Systems
Provides for continued engineering support for the technical updating of NASA's
master text construction specifications to reflect the use of new materials,
state-of-the-art construction techniques and current references to building
codes and safety standards. 


  5.  Independent Analysis and Third Party Reviews
Provides the technical and engineering support analyses, designs, and reviews
required to verify, confirm and ensure suitability of construction designs
within the project cost estimates.


  6.  Facilities Engineering Metrication
Required to support the transitioning of NASA facilities engineering designs
and specifications from the English inch-pound system to metric, as required
by Presidential Executive Order 12770 of July 25, 1991.


C.  Preliminary Engineering Reports and
      Related Special Engineering Support....................   $1,600,000


  1.  Preliminary Engineering Reports (PERs).................   (1,300,000)
This estimate provides for preparation of PERs, investigations, and project
studies related to proposed facility projects in the FY 1998 and FY 1999
Construction of Facilities programs.  These reports are required to permit the
early and timely development of the most suitable project to meet the stated
programmatic and functional needs.  Reports provide basic data, cost estimates
and schedules relating to future budgetary proposals.  This request provides
for PERs associated with proposed construction.  The estimated cost of PER
support for FY 1998 construction projects is $1,000,000, which will permit
updating of PERs for $20 to $30 million in construction, and the development
of new PERs for an additional $45 to $55 million in projects.  An additional
$300,000 has been included in this line for the completion of new PERs for
approximately $15 to $20 million of construction projects which will be high
priority candidates for inclusion in the FY 1999 Construction of Facilities
program.  The activity associated with FY 1999 will be confined to the
highest priority candidates.


  2.  Related Special Engineering Support....................   (300,000)
This estimate provides for investigations and project studies related to 
proposed facility projects to be included in the subsequent Construction of
Facilities programs.  Such studies involve documentation and validation of
"as-built" conditions, survey/study of present condition of such items as
roofing and cooling towers, utility plant condition and operational modes,
and other like studies.  These studies are required to allow for the timely
development of projects to meet the stated functional needs and to provide
basic data, cost estimates and schedules for related future budgetary
proposals.


D.  Final Design............................................. $7,300,000


The amount requested will provide for the preparation of designs, plans,
drawings, and specifications necessary for the accomplishment of projects.
Projects involved are planned for inclusion in the FY 1997 and FY 1998 programs.
The goal is to obtain better facilities on line earlier at a lower cost.  The
request will provide for final design work associated with construction
proposed for the FY 1997 program, estimated to cost $90 to $100 million, and
for $10 to $20 million of high potential projects proposed for the FY 1998
program.  The final design amount included for FY 1997 candidates and for
residual requirements of this nature which have accumulated from prior years
activities is $6,100,000.  For FY 1998 $1,200,000 is included and design
activity will be confined to the highest priority candidates.


    Total....................................................$10,000,000





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