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Hangar 1 and Moffett Federal Airfield RFP Web Site

On May 28, 2013 NASA and the U.S. General Services Administration issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to obtain lease proposals for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of Hangar One, and for the operation, management ,and maintenance of Moffett Federal Airfield. The RFP Web site provides a schedule, detailed information about the proposed long-term lease, and supporting documentation.

+ Link to the Hangar 1 and Moffett Federal Airfield RFP Web Site

NACA Park Eco-Lawn Project Wins Sustainability Award

Photo of Keith Venter and Steve Frankel on eco-lawn
Award recipients Keith Venter, Facilities Historic Preservation Officer (left) and Steve Frankel,
Facilities Engineering Branch Chief, standing on the Eco-Lawn (official Ames photo ACD11-0119-003).

Keith Venter and Steve Frankel received the 2011 NASA Ames Sustainability Award for their design and implementation of an energy- and water-efficient multipurpose park on a historic and previously-contaminated 14-foot wind tunnel site. Named "NACA Park," this site commemorates the history of flight testing at Ames while providing an open space for honoring new accomplishments.

Eco-Lawn represents a first test case at Ames to a move away from traditionally high maintenance lawns. The Eco-Lawn looks like a normal green lawn, but requires approximately 1.6 million gallons less water annually than a traditional lawn for the given space. The way this lawn saves water is based on the selected slow-growing long rooted grass species. And, because it grows slowly, less mowing is required which in turn saves energy and reduces maintenance costs.

The Eco-Lawn project team included Keith Venter, Steve Frankel, David Yee, Tim Gafney, and Pat Jacquemet.

For more information on the Eco-Lawn and other sustainable landscapes, see:

Cover image of the 2011 Report + See also the NASA Ames 2011
Environmental Sustainability Report

(1.5 MB PDF file)

Possible Hangar One Reuse by Google Noted in Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine

Historic Preservation Officer Keith Venter is quoted in an article entitled Hangar One May House Aircraft Again in the May 2012 Issue of Air & Space Magazine. The piece discusses the Hangar's history and rehabilitation process, noting Google's recent offer to pay for the restoration of the historic structure, adapting it for use as a museum or educational space and for housing the company's fleet of aircraft.

+ Link to Second Life for Hangar One, Air & Space Magazine, May 2012

+ Related post in the magazine dated January 3, 2012.

+ News, detailed reports, and other information about Hangar One posted by the Ames Historic Preservation Office.

Historic Preservation Office Staff Receives Prestigious 2008 Preservation Design Award

The California Preservation Foundation honored Keith Venter and Tom Anderson with a 2008 Preservation Design Award for a study of historic resources related to the Space Shuttle program. (Rich Sucre, Page and Turnbull, San Francisco, and the Ames Environmental and History offices provided assistance with the report.)

+ Download award announcement in PDF format.

+ Review the award-winning report entitled Evaluation of Historic Resources Associated with the Space Shuttle Program at NASA Ames Research Center

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