Blue Origin Engine Facility

Huntsville, Alabama
Owner Blue Origin
Architect Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC)
Construction Manager Clayco
Design Build Mechanical icon Mechanical
Value of icon's Work $8,000,000

icon Mechanical was the mechanical engineer and contractor for this project which serves as a manufacturing facility and office space for the manufacture of Blue Origin’s next generation, liquid-fuel rocket engines.

The 400,000 square-foot Blue Origin facility is located on 46-acres and contains a significant amount of automation, machining, cleaning, assembly integration, avionics components, building and testing, and advanced industrial welding.

Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos owns Blue Origin and constructed the jet engine manufacturing plant for the purpose of building the BE-4, touted as the world’s most powerful engine fueled by liquified natural gas.

Project Approach and Scope

This project used an integrated-delivery construction method providing a catalyst for open communication among all team members.

icon was responsible for the design and prefabrication of multiple technical gas types and pressure lines, including multiple Nitrogen gas loops of 6,000 PSI, 3,000 PSI, and 150 PSI. The effort also entailed a 350 PSI Argon gas loop and a compressed-air loop.

The HVAC portion of the project consisted of icon designing and managing the installation of 30 HVAC roof-top units.

What icon Mechanical Delivered

Design and Prefabrication of Multiple Technical Gas Types with Varying Pressures

  • 6,000 PSI Nitrogen Gas Loop
  • 3,000 PSI Nitrogen Gas Loop
  • 150 PSI Nitrogen Gas Loop
  • 350 PSI Argon Gas Loop

Compressed-Air Loop

Multiple, Large-Scale ISO Clean Rooms

HVAC

  • Design and Installation Management of 30 Rooftop Units

Project Recognition

ENR Best of the Best 2020 l Best Manufacturing

Planning

Capabilities Used