A comprehensive plan to transform part of the former
Naval Air Station Moffett Field, Calif., into the NASA
Research Park has been named winner of the 2003 General
Services Administration Achievement Award for Real Property
Innovation. Moffett Field is also the site of NASA’s Ames
Research Center (ARC).

An independent panel of four judges selected ARC’s
development plan from 49 entries submitted by 21 federal
agencies and departments. Awards will be presented Oct. 9,
during a ceremony at the American Institute of Architects in
Washington. A $10,000 cash award and a plaque will be
presented to members of the ARC development team.

“NASA is very pleased to receive this major government-wide
award. The NASA Research Park will benefit both NASA and the
nation,” said ARC Director G. Scott Hubbard. “We have
developed this outstanding plan to transform part of a former
Navy base into a world-class, shared-use R&D and education
campus with universities, industry and non-profits. The
benefits will be huge, in research, development and
educational programs and in cost recovery for the operations
of our facility. To be recognized as a federal government
leader in innovation is a great way to get started toward our
goal,” he said.

“We’re excited to be receiving this prestigious national
award,” said Trish Morrissey, director of planning for NASA
Research Park, a 213-acre development project that is the
cornerstone of the ARC development plan. “This award reflects
the dedication and hard work of each member of the NASA
Development Team.”

The NASA Research Park will be located in the heart of
Moffett Field and will enable research collaboration in
astrobiology, information technology and nanotechnology, as
well as educational programming in science, technology,
engineering and math. A lease was signed with Carnegie Mellon
University in Jan. 2003 for the university’s west coast

Ames’ planning partners include the University of California
at Santa Cruz; San Jose State University; the Foothill and De
Anza Community College District; the National Center for
Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; the
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher
Education; the California Air and Space Educational
Foundation and the Girvan Institute.

The development plan includes provisions for the restoration
of approximately 600,000 square feet of historic buildings,
the addition of 2.1 million square feet of new construction
(education facilities, office and research and development
space and housing), and the demolition of approximately
560,000 square feet of functionally obsolete structures.

The plan is divided into four areas: the Ames campus (234
acres); NASA Research Park (213 acres); Bay View (95 acres),
and Eastside/Airfield (952 acres). The NASA Research Park and
Bay View components of the plan would result in a total of
4.5 million square feet of renovated and new buildings.

Total development cost of the NADP is expected to be $1
billion, including infrastructure upgrades and replacements,
as well as building renovation and construction. While NASA
will directly fund any facilities constructed within the Ames
Campus for agency use and occupancy, partners will be
responsible for the rehabilitation of existing buildings and
construction of new facilities for their own use and

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