The Space Life Sciences Laboratory (SLSL) is a 100,000-sf life sciences laboratory and administrative building located at NASA Kennedy Space Center. The facility consolidates most life sciences activities at the Kennedy Space Station in one location, and provides research areas, principal investigator offices, and technical space to support the controlled Ecological Life Support System Program, the Life Sciences Flight Experiments, and other biological laboratory efforts.
Because SLSL houses NASA researchers and staff as well as subcontractors that are mission- or experiment-specific, the building is adaptable and can accommodate changes in teams and experiments. The facility is designed to allow for the dynamic environments that relate to each experiment and launch.
Due to the variety of experiments conducted by NASA and its subcontractors, a number of specialty labs were planned: Phase 1 (100,000 sf) focuses on plant and biological systems, animal sciences, analytical and general support areas for communications; data and physical plant; flight hardware development/processing; and administrative support. Ancillary spaces include central analytical support that encompasses sterile supply; flight hardware development /processing including a “payload turnover” area; various vivariums; and general building support spaces. Phase 2 (future additional 30,000 sf) expands the animal sciences and developmental biology areas.
Not only must the laboratories and support spaces respond to changing needs, offices and training spaces must be equally flexible. Teaming and brainstorming spaces are paramount to successful collaboration on the multitude of experiments NASA is planning. The first floor contains the entry lobby, building administration suite, and a visiting contractor suite. Open office architecture allows quick reconfiguration of the office furniture for teaming purposes. Contractors occupy the space for a specific window of time around a planned launch date of the shuttle. The second and third floors are dedicated to offices for researchers and technicians. Floor-to-ceiling windows facing the shuttle launch pad allow natural light to penetrate into the open office areas and provide a spectacular viewing area for shuttle launches.