Aerospace/Military Projects

As space-related markets change, new opportunities to meet and create future market demand will develop. ZHA assesses these market opportunities, analyzes national mission models and takes an entrepreneurial view of the future to contribute to projects that promote our space program and its ability to compete in the world market in both the near and long term.

Featured Projects


CCAFS General Plan
CCAFS General Plan
USAF 45th Space Wing, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The 45th Space Wing of the U.S. Air Force engaged ZHA to create, develop and provide the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station General Plan (GP). Services performed included the future visioning of both vertical and horizontal launch facilities at Cape Canaveral. In addition, ZHA provided analysis and solutions for consolidation of administration and support facilities, the location of future integration and processing facilities, and the use of the port operations area.

The program for future development of Cape Canaveral was to include a 20-year planning period and Near Term Area Development Plans (NTADP) beginning in 2010. A 50-year outlook was first developed along with coordinated Long Term Area Development Plans (LTADP). The plan proposed a significant increase in commercial launch and helped to guide Military Construction (MILCON) budget and other related funding efforts. The plans were coordinated with a proposed Capital improvement Program (CIP) and funding schedule. The CIP included new construction, rehabilitation, normal and preventative maintenance for all horizontal and vertical projects. It also estimated potential savings in the long-term sustainment and optimization of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station facilities and infrastructure.

PAFB General Plan
Patrick AFB General Plan
USAF 45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida

The 45th Space Wing of the U.S. Air Force engaged ZHA to create, develop and provide the Patrick Air Force Base General Plan (GP). Consolidation of administration facilities and the reduction of building footprint was a focus of the Administrative Campus plan. ZHA provided a preliminary analysis for the potential development of a Post Combat Wellness Center at Patrick AFB that would provide health and rehabilitative services to our homecoming soldiers. The plan also proposed the consolidation of Civil Engineering (CE) facilities into the Mid-Base Industrial area, as well as, enhanced community service and recreation facilities.

The program for future development of Patrick Air Force Base was to include a 50-year outlook along with coordinated Long Term Area Development Plans (LTADP). This was proposed in concert with a 20-year planning period and Near Term Area Development Plans (NTADP) beginning in 2010. The plans were coordinated with a proposed Capital improvement Program (CIP) and Funding Schedule. The CIP included new construction, rehabilitation, normal and preventative maintenance for all horizontal and vertical projects.

KSC Area Development Plans
Kennedy Space Center Area Development Plans
NASA, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

ZHA prepared seven Area Development Plans (ADPs) as part of planning for the evolution of Kennedy Space Center. The completed ADPs would serve as a guide for future development within the activity centers, and identify ways by which NASA could streamline its operations to meet the evolving needs of civil and commercial launch providers and reduce operational costs. As first defined by the KSC Master Plan developed by ZHA, the ADPs focus on KSC activity centers, including Administration, Vertical Launch, Horizontal Launch, Payload Processing, Visitor Center, Exploration Park research facility, and Miscellaneous support areas.

The ADP process began with the evaluation of over 400 existing facilities with a replacement value of approximately $4 billion. Facilities were assessed for condition, code compliance, and suitability of use as related to present and future functional requirements. A recommendation was subsequently prepared for each facility as to condition and whether it should be retained, renovated, expanded, replaced, or demolished without replacement.

For many facilities, recommendations for relocation and consolidation were made to improve operational efficiencies and reduce KSC operational and maintenance costs. Following facilities condition assessment and extensive discussions with facility operators, users, and KSC planners, ZHA prepared alternative plan concepts for the future development of each activity center during the 20-year Study planning period. Following review and evaluation of the alternative concepts, a preferred ADP was adopted and finalized for each activity center, which would serve as a guideline for present improvements and future growth within the Spaceport.

CCSMP Master Plan
Cape Canaveral Spaceport 2050 Master Plan
NASA—USAF—Florida Space Authority, Cape Canaveral, Florida

To remain the premier gateway to space, the Cape Canaveral Spaceport asked ZHA to develop a master plan, the first of its kind in the history of the space program that would provide strategic direction for the next half-century. Seizing the challenge, ZHA worked with NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing and Florida Space Authority to create a collective vision for the Spaceport as it pursues the safest, most frequent and cost-effective government and commercial launch operations in the world marketplace.

This master plan successfully guides the integration of an active spaceport and support areas with a 140,000 acre Wildlife Refuge that includes habitat for various species, recreation areas and 25 miles of coastline.

Team ZHA performed:

  • Visioning with Spaceport stakeholders and neighboring communities
  • Analysis of the space launch market
  • Development of a Launch Activity Prediction Model
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Analysis
  • Space tourism and Central Florida tourism forecasts
  • Education facilities forecast
  • Demand versus capacity analysis for launch complexes
  • Hotel and conference center submarket analysis and forecasts
  • Research and Development facility programming
  • Development of Spaceport business models
  • Market-driven subarea planning
  • Development of conceptual cost estimate for implementation planning
  • Development of visual communication tools for planning
  • Development and implementation of the www.yourspaceport.com website for public information and participation