part in Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony are: Anita Liang, Deputy
Director, Facilities and Test Directorate at Glenn, Charles
Scales, Deputy Associate Administrator, NASA Headquarters, Washington.
D.C., Olga Dominguez, Deputy Administrator for Strategic Infrastructure,
NASA Headquarters, Washington. D.C., Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr.,
Associate Administrator for Mission Support, NASA Headquarters,
Washington, D.C., Ramon “Ray” Lugo, Glenn Center Director, Dr.
Rickey Shyne, Director, Facilities and Test Directorate at Glenn.
(West Life photo by Larry Bennet)
project of Glenn’s
20-year master plan
now under construction
By Kevin Kelley
Published Sept. 1, 2010
participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday for a major component
of Glenn Research Center’s 20-year master plan.
Office Building, a three-story, 93,000-square-foot steel structure,
will be located at the eastern side of the Glenn property adjacent
to Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The structure will house 300 workers
and include open work areas, conference rooms, a conferencing center
and a 400-seat auditorium.
is expected to be finished in February 2012.
is the first of what I hope are many investments at the Glenn Research
Center, and it shows a commitment by the agency to the Glenn Research
Center and the long-term health of the center,” said former Glenn
director Woodrow Whitlow Jr., who was on hand for the groundbreaking
Whitlow, now associate administrator for mission support
at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said the center chose a “slow
but steady strategy” of modernizing the center’s facilities while
also sustaining its capabilities.
2007, the Glenn master plan promises an estimated $150 million worth
of capital improvements to the Glenn Research Center and its Plum
Brook Station near Sandusky, Glenn officials had said.
“The aim is
to reduce the size of our footprint, so to speak, by about 15 percent
over the next 45 years,” Whitlow said of the master plan, which
he said takes a “similar but smaller strategy” on Glenn facilities.
of Glenn’s buildings are more than 40 years old, Whitlow said. But
under the master plan, by 2055 about two-thirds of Glenn’s facilities
will be younger than 40 years old, Whitlow said.
“We want to
consolidate both our technical and institutional facilities and
become more space efficient,” Whitlow said. “This building meets
all of those goals.”
NASA’s associate deputy administrator, congratulated Glenn employees
for the hard work required to start work on the new structure.
to help the efficiency and productivity of a group of folks who
are already extremely productive,” he said.
Glenn’s master plan was in line with the administration’s national
goals of reducing federally owned infrastructure within government
and improving energy efficiency.
Office Building has been designed to be certified by the U.S. Green
Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) program. The program is considered a national benchmark for
the design, construction and operation of high-performance “green”
buildings. Specifically, the building will have a silver certification,
which signifies certain standards have been met in energy efficiency
and water use.
plan calls for the consolidation of facilities, meaning the campus
will have fewer but more efficient and environmentally sustainable
structures two decades from now.
Director Ramon “Ray” Lugo
Current Glenn Director Ramon “Ray” Lugo said that
buildings such as the two on the north side of Brookpark Road are
nearly 50 years old and would take a significant investment to bring
up to modern standards.
this building into the center of the campus obviously puts people
in a better, more modern working environment [and] should reduce
our cost for maintaining the facility,” Lugo said.
the building houses NASA employees within the facility’s security
gate, thus improving safety for the workers, he said.
Lugo said the
new building, which will be surrounded by other new structures in
the years to come, will reenergize the center.
the center of the new Glenn Research Center campus,” he said.
The center will
submit requests for funding approval of additional elements of the
plan over a 20-year period, Lugo said.
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