Google will finish vast revamp of Hangar One in Mountain View by 2025 | Ezine Daddy

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Google and NASA are poised to leverage wide-ranging technology, space and aviation synergies once the transformation of Mountain View’s iconic Hangar One is complete in 2025, officials said Friday.

The tech titan’s Planetary Ventures unit began a major restoration this week, a project being led by CBRE, a commercial real estate firm.

When asked by this news organization whether Google and the US Space and Aeronautics Agency could leverage many synergies when the tech titan moves into Hangar One, Eugene Tu, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, replied, “Absolutely.”

“Google is about data and information, and that’s what we’re about, especially scientific and technical data and information,” Tu said in the interview.

Construction crews work on Google’s Hangar One restoration project at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, May 6, 2022. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

The NASA official sees many ways Google and the space agency can work closely together once the search giant establishes its Planetary Ventures unit in Hangar One after the project is complete.

“We’re gathering so much information from our space and science satellites to understand what’s happening to our home planet and what’s going to happen to it in the future,” Tu said. “A lot of the technology and capabilities that Google is developing, especially in the area of ​​machine learning , data mining, will be synergistic and very helpful.”

The mammoth construction project itself, managed by commercial real estate firm CBRE on behalf of Google and Planetary Ventures, is expected to begin adding the cladding — the outside of the hangar — sometime in 2023, said Alex Saleh, a CBRE executive.

“Construction will be completed in 2025,” Saleh told this news organization.

A year-long effort led by Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat whose district includes portions of Santa Clara County and San Mateo County as well as Mountain View, overcame a one-time preference on the part of both NASA and the US Navy to demolish the landmark due to cost a full fledged rescue of the hangar that was born in 1932 as a Depression-era construction project that employed hundreds.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA - MAY 6: Rep. Anna Eshoo beams with pride during a media event announcing the long-awaited restoration of the iconic Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California on Friday May 6, 2022.  (Karl Newsgroup Mondon/Bay Area)
Representative Anna Eshoo visits Hangar One in Mountain View on May 6, 2022, where a major restoration project is currently underway. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

“This is a hallelujah moment,” said Rep. Eshoo. “It marks the historic beginning of the restoration of our iconic Hangar One. I call this operation persistent.”

Eshoo said she and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, her ally in the quest to rescue Hangar One from the wrecking ball, came out on top in a serious battle that began in earnest in 2005 when the Navy proposed the hangar be demolished after toxic PCBs were discovered in the structure in 2002.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA - MAY 6: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (left) receives a tour of Google's Hangar One restoration project at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California on Friday, May 6, 2022.  (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (left) tours Google’s Hangar One restoration project at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, May 6, 2022. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

In 2012, a Google proposal to redesign Hangar One and other locations at Moffett Federal Airfield languished and gathered dust on a government shelf when Eshoo and Lofgren Daniel Tangherlini, then director of the US General Services Administration, which manages government real estate, persuaded assets to visit the site. This helped turn the tide in favor of Hangar One’s preservation and restoration.

“We dealt with these bureaucrats,” said Rep. Lofgren, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Santa Clara County. “I look forward to completing this project. This is not only an icon, but will also be a center for research and promotion of scientific innovation for our country.”

The hangar is so large and tall that if the Statue of Liberty were removed from its pedestal, it could stand upright in Hangar One. San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower, if laid on its side, could be hidden in the cavernous space.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA - MAY 6: Scaffolding is erected at the north end of the iconic Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California on Friday, May 6, 2022 during restoration work to restore the 90-year-old structure are underway.  (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
The interior of historic Hangar One in Mountain View, where a restoration of the landmark is underway, May 6, 2022. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

As a result, it’s clear there’s plenty of room in Hangar One to give Google’s engineers a chance to work once the tech company’s Planetary Ventures moves to the site upon completion.

Mountain View-based Google, whose legendary Googleplex headquarters is not far away, has said little about the work it intends to undertake at Hangar One.

But the director of the NASA Ames Research Center offered a few options on Friday.

“You may see the development of more autonomous vehicles, especially in aviation, just like you see with self-driving cars,” Tu said. “You may see drones not just for hobby purposes, but for flying cargo and people.”

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA - MAY 6: Rep. Anna Eshoo joins NASA's David Korsmeyer on a tour promoting the long-awaited restoration of the iconic Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California, Friday, May 6, 2022 announces.  (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Rep. Anna Eshoo walks with NASA’s David Korsmeyer during a tour of the iconic Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, May 6, 2022. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

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