NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for employees on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. EDT. Center Director Jim Free, Center Operations Director Robyn N. Gordon, Facilities and Test Director Rickey Shyne and Facilities Division Project Manager Jeffrey A. Schultz, will cut the ribbon at 1:50 p.m. to officially open the new Shipping and Receiving Facilities.
“This open house is a great opportunity to see how Glenn is updating and transforming its infrastructure to more effectively meet NASA mission requirements and declining maintenance budgets said Rickey Shyne. “We’re very pleased with this newly constructed building and we’re looking forward to continued success in implementing Glenn’s facilities enhancement efforts.”
The new building facilitates the receiving, documenting, screening and distributing of materials and equipment throughout Glenn as well as the inspection and sorting of incoming mail.
Pinnacle Construction, the project’s prime contractor, began construction of the Shipping and Receiving Facility, or SaRF, in October 2011. The $5.1 million facility is the latest to be completed under Glenn’s facilities master plan for Lewis Field in Cleveland and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky. Unveiled in 2007 and regularly updated, the facilities master plan details a multi-year effort to renovate, replace and or demolish the center’s World War II era buildings and facilities to meet NASA’s 21st century missions, create a more energy-efficient campus and reduce maintenance costs.
The 12,700-square foot SaRF has achieved Gold certification for new construction from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, constructions and operation of high-performance green buildings. One of the SaRF’s most notable features is its geothermal heating and cooling system, which helps reduce the building’s energy use by 31 percent.
This is the final of three planned phases to Lewis Fields’ main gate security enhancement effort in accordance with the Facility Master Plan.
Media interested in attending the event must contact Jeannette Owens by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 216-433-2990 by 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 30 to obtain required NASA credentials.
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