Construction of the facilities, which will be under the same roof, is expected to start this spring. NASA hopes to finish work in December 2013.
It is the second phase of New Town, NASA's $330 million plan to modernize Langley, which was founded in 1917 as aeronautics research laboratory. NASA absorbed Langley at the dawn of the space age in 1958.
"It's NASA's oldest center," Langley spokesman Rob Wyman said. "While it has done amazing work, we've got to continue to lean forward."
NASA officials previously said Langley grew haphazardly in the 1960s as the nation rushed to send astronauts into space before the Soviet Union. Also, the center shed thousands of employees in the following decades NASA poured money into maintaining the space shuttle program.
Consequently, Langley has many aging facilities that are seldom, if ever, used. A 2010 National Academy of Sciences report found the center has a backlog of $176 million in maintenance projects.
Wyman said New Town, which includes demolishing dozens of facilities, will address the issue. The plan's first phase — a $26 million, 79,000-square-foot environmentally-friendly office building — opened last June.
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At 137,000-square-feet, plans include a 230-seat theater, a balcony for outdoor dining, a full kitchen and a television studio. NASA demolished four buildings — roughly 53,000-square-feet, mostly office space — to make way for the new building.
It is expected to replace the Pearl Young Theater, the Reid Conference Center and the existing cafeteria, a 65-year-old building that underwent $360,000 in renovations last decade. All three buildings are scheduled to be demolished, though NASA hasn't determined when, Wyman said.
The third phase of New Town is a 150,000-square-foot sciences laboratory expected to cost $93 million, he said. NASA leaders approved the laboratory but they have not allocated money to build it.
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