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Kaptur Announces $34M In Federal Funding For New R&D Facility At NASA Glenn

December 3, 2019

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), co-Chair of the House NASA Caucus, announced $33.8 million in federal funding to build a new Aerospace Communications facility at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. NASA awarded the contract to Austin Building and Design in Cleveland.

The project will upgrade Glenn's capabilities by installing higher frequency radio communications equipment. The upgrades also include the installation of a geothermal borehole field, new asphalt parking areas, exterior site work, landscaping, and the extension of underground utilities as required. The building is designed to achieve, at a minimum, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating of Silver and comply with Life Safety and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The new 54,000 square-foot building will house approximately 25 research and development laboratories specially designed and constructed for communication technologies. In addition to laboratory spaces, the building and grounds will include a large, shielded high-bay space, as well as rooftop and ground-based antennae fields. This upgrades Glenn's capabilities to ensure our region has the state of the art capabilities for future unmanned missions to the moon and beyond.

"Our region is home to a world-class aerospace workforce and this investment cements our region's critical role in space communications for NASA's evolving 21st century mission," said Rep. Kaptur. "The men and women who make up this workforce are at the center of aerospace innovation and play a central role in advancing U.S. leadership in space exploration. I am pleased to see that NASA has made this significant investment in NASA Glenn. With it, Northern Ohio will continue to grow as an aerospace hub. It is an honor to represent the men and women serving our nation at NASA Glenn."