Blue Origin Engine Manufacturing Facility

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Blue Origin, a manufacturing facility for building next-generation rocket engines.

Lamar Johnson Collaborative and Clayco are delivering turnkey design, engineering, and construction of this liquid-fueled rocket engine manufacturing facility. Located in Cummings Research Park, it encloses over 300,000 SF of state-of-the-art fabrication and manufacturing space and approximately 100,000 SF of class A engineering, collaboration, and administrative offices. The building’s infrastructure is capable of receiving, producing, fabricating, assembling, testing, and shipping. With a significant amount of automation deemed necessary, machining, cleaning, assembly integration, avionics component building, and testing, and advanced industrial welding will be part of the facilities process.

The full height, glass atrium entrance bisects the overall building length and height. This ‘spine’ connects operation areas on each side with building length, mezzanine, and an observation platform. The height penetrates the roof providing continuous clerestory daylighting. Connectivity between engineering and manufacturing is amplified by nearly continuous observation glass that minimizes physical separation. Staff collaboration is fostered through numerous large and small meeting rooms and break areas throughout the facility.

Staff and visitor amenities are extended outside with an inviting entrance plaza and garden area. The garden provides walking paths, grilling and simple food prep, structures for shaded seating, picnicking and large gathering areas, adjacency to food truck parking space, and open space for dog care.

Located on 46 acres, the manufacturing facility will have the ability to perform incremental upgrades as the system matures.


Blue Origin


Huntsville, AL


400,000 SF
46 Acres


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2020 – ENR’s – Best of the Best for Manufacturing

2020 – ENR’s – Best Manufacturing project in Southeast