Blue Origin Orbital Launch System Manufacturing Facility

Merritt Island, Florida

Leading space exploration company launches into orbital market.

When space exploration company Blue Origin selected Haskell to design and build their Space Coast rocket stage manufacturing facility, it wasn’t your standard manufacturing facility. The NASA Kennedy Space Center campus includes the three-story manufacturing center and space exploration museum and 139 acres of site development with almost half being wetland creation or enhancement.

Haskell designed a one-of-a-kind facility for the Space Coast’s first rocket stage manufacturing facility.

The 650,000-square-foot structure, completed on a fast-track schedule, includes self-performance of more than 9,500 tons of steel fabricated by Haskell and erected in less than 12 months. Inside the soaring, three-story atrium, guests can explore displays of Blue Origin’s rockets and other space memorabilia or view launches across the Cape from two onsite viewing areas. The manufacturing elements include a low bay for component fabrication; a high bay for tank and vehicle fabrication; and an office and support bay for operations.

Delivering the 21st-century production to power next-gen space exploration.

Haskell provided complete A/E design, construction project management, and self-performance of deep pile foundations, footings and slab on grade as well as concrete tilt-wall panel fabrication and erection and structural steel fabrication. To reinforce Blue Origin’s corporate mission to have “millions of people living and working in space,” Haskell designed large delta-shaped ceiling clouds, referred to as the “Origins,” to be placed within the lobby spaces. The delta wing form symbolizes the human pursuit of flight and points east in the direction of the launch pad.

  • 650,000 SF structure
  • Fast-track schedule
  • 940,000 construction manhours
  • Self-performance of 9,500+ tons of steel
  • 32,000 cubic yards of concrete
  • 2,000,000 pounds of reinforcing
  • 400,000 SF insulated metal panels
  • 17 individual cranes with 420 ton hoisting capacity
Vice President & Division Leader – Aviation & Aerospace Manufacturing

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The project design was particularly challenging….Haskell has been very flexible accommodating design revisions to support maturing production requirements….I would strongly recommend Haskell to my colleagues and others executing similar projects."

Scott Henderson, Orbital Launch Site Director
Blue Origin

The project design was particularly challenging….Haskell has been very flexible accommodating design revisions to support maturing production requirements….I would strongly recommend Haskell to my colleagues and others executing similar projects."

Scott Henderson, Orbital Launch Site Director
Blue Origin

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