Since its inception as a California Institute of Technology rocket test site in the late 1930's, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) had expanded rapidly, with few opportunities to review or replace existing facilities. Because land area was limited, a redevelopment strategy was essential. The JPL commissioned an overall review of 256 buildings at their Oak Grove site in Pasadena and requested a replacement proposal.
Conducted in joint venture with the Archiplan Collaborative, the process required a systematic examination of the existing facilities and an assessment of buildings needing replacement. The deep space exploration work at the Laboratory required modern and efficient structures. In addition to physical surveys, maintenance and energy records were examined in order to compare rehabilitation vs. replacement costs on a long-term, annual basis (life cycle costing). From this information, priorities for future decision making in funding allocation and land use planning were established.