On Aug. 22, 2017, officials at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon
Valley broke ground for a new Biosciences Collaborative Facility.
Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, acting Deputy NASA
Administrator Lesa Roe, Ames Center Director Eugene Tu, Ames Director of
Science Michael Bicay, and Amoroso Construction Northern California
Operations Manager Michael Chambers donned hard hats and used golden
shovels to ceremonially begin construction on the building.

The Biosciences Collaborative Facility will be a two-story,
40,000-square-foot building housing wet chemistry laboratories designed
with the latest technology to serve NASA’s programs in fundamental space
biology, astrobiology and bioengineering. The building’s design
provides open and reconfigurable lab spaces intended to increase
interdisciplinary research. The work conducted in this facility will
help spur advances that minimize risks in human deep space exploration,
and inform the design of future NASA missions and our search for
microbial life in our solar system.