Sally Harrington
NASA Glenn Research Center

August 23, 2010
RELEASE : 10-048
Groundbreaking for New Building at NASA's Glenn Research Center
CLEVELAND -- NASA's Glenn Research Center will celebrate the groundbreaking for the flagship project of its 20-year master plan.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. at the site of the new Centralized Office Building. Completion is expected in February 2012.

The three-story, 93,000-square-foot steel structure will be U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, silver certified. It will house 300 workers and include open work areas, conference rooms, a conferencing center and a 400-seat auditorium.

LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. A silver certification verifies that significant improvements have been achieved in energy efficiency and water use, and programs to dramatically reduce waste to landfill, encourage and facilitate sustainable purchasing and improve the indoor environmental quality of the building have been developed and implemented.

Reporters interested in attending the event may call Sally Harrington at 216-433-2037 or the media relations office at 216-433-2901 by noon on August 26 to be cleared through security. Due to construction at the entrance to Glenn, use the access road on the north side of Brookpark Road, shortly after Old Grayton Road, and proceed under the bridge to Glenn's main gate to check in with security.

See the artist's conception:


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