Restoration Work for Hangar One Advances

A P3 Navy aircraft with Hangar One at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. (Copyright 2008: Douglas Messier)

NASA Ames looking to pay for Hangar One restoration with its own funds
Santa Cruz Sentinel

NASA Ames Research Center is gearing up to restore Hangar One, an official said, and despite the agency’s long-running claims that it couldn’t afford to do the work, the money may come from within NASA after all.

Deborah Feng, director of center operations at NASA Ames, told The Daily News on Wednesday that a “request for information” the agency issued this week will help it pinpoint a price for putting new walls on the structure, after the original toxic panels are removed by the Navy, Moffett Field’s former operator.

While some money may still come from industry partners or a $10 million federal appropriations request by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, Feng said NASA is “now looking around for money internally.”

No specific sources of cash have been identified to pay for the new siding, which, according to previous estimates, could cost between $15 million and $40 million. Feng said the request for information, which asks construction companies to describe their plans and cost estimates for putting new walls and a roof on the hangar, is necessary to get a better sense of the price.

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