Space

February 12, 2014

GSA, NASA select Planetary Ventures to begin lease negotiations

nasa-lease
The U.S. General Services Administration and NASA have selected Planetary Ventures LLC as the preferred lessee on a lease to rehabilitate historic Hangar One and to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, currently managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

The lease will put Hangar One to new use and eliminate NASA’s management costs of the airfield.
GSA’s Request for Proposals, issued on behalf of NASA in May 2013, kicked off a competitive process in which the private sector was provided an opportunity to collaborate with the government in rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of NASA’s historic Hangar One and management of the airfield through a long-term lease agreement.

The RFP process sought a tenant to operate, manage and maintain the station to support ongoing government needs while achieving the following key goals:

  • Rehabilitate and maintain the historic integrity of Hangar One and the Shenandoah Plaza Historic District
  • Eliminate NASA’s operating and maintenance costs for Moffett Federal Airfield
  • Leverage the expertise of the real estate industry to reposition Moffett Federal Airfield as a viable asset to support government and controlled public and private flight operations
  • Conform with the 2002 NASA Ames Development Plan and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
  • Provide net financial proceeds and best value to the government through an open, public competition

“At NASA we’re not only committed to exploring our solar system, but also making sure we’re spending tax dollars wisely,î said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. That’s why we’ve been so aggressive at making surplus or under-utilized property available to the private sector or other government partners.

The agreement announced today [Feb. 10] will benefit the American taxpayer and the community around Moffett. It will allow NASA to focus its resources on core missions, while protecting the federal need to use Moffett Field as a continued, limited-use airfield. This decision today represents a tremendously effective partnership between NASA and our sister agency the GSA, and we’re grateful for their leadership in this endeavor.”

As a tenant to NASA, Planetary Ventures will be required to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and policies, including those on topics of historic preservation, environmental compliance, security, health and safety, and airfield operations to support ongoing missions and other government objectives. Planetary Ventures’ lease proposal achieves the goals outlined in the RFP and includes a number of key benefits for the local community. Their proposal commits to:

  • Re-skin and protect Hangar One
  • Rehabilitate historic Hangars 2 and 3
  • Upgrade the existing golf course
  • Create a public use/educational facility
  • Eliminate NASA’s operation and maintenance cost of Moffett Federal Airfield
  • Operate Moffett Federal Airfield in accordance with Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (such as maintaining the status quo such as airfield operations)
  • Comply with security and airfield management requirements

NASA made its selection following a formal and comprehensive proposal review process in which a joint GSA and NASA evaluation committee analyzed all proposals against a set of evaluation criteria as outlined in the RFP.

NASA now will begin working with Planetary Ventures to negotiate the specific terms of the Hangar One and the Moffett Federal Airfield lease. During those ongoing negotiations, NASA will not be able to discuss details of the pending lease agreement.

To see the Request for Proposals for the “Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse of Hangar One and Management of Moffett Federal Airfield,” (Solicitation Number: 9PZ-HANGAR1_MFA-CA00026) visit http://www.fedbizopps.gov.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

President proclaims Memorial Day as ‘Day of Prayer’

President Barack Obama May 22 saluted the service and sacrifices of America’s military members–past and present–and proclaimed Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, “as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11 a.m. of that day as a time during which people may unite in prayer....
 
 

Air Force leaders’ Memorial Day message

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following Memorial Day message to the Airmen of the Air Force and their families: To the Airmen of the United States Air Force and their Families: On Memorial Day, Americans pause in solemn remembrance...
 
 

Headlines May 22, 2015

News: Second Marine killed in Hawaii Osprey crash identified - Marine Corps officials have identified the second Marine to die as a result of the May 17 MV-22B Osprey crash as Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Determan of Maricopa, Ariz.   Business: Israel defense exports plunge to seven-year low - Israeli defense sales last year plunged to their...
 

 

News Briefs May 22, 2015

Ukrainian officer hit with third charge in Russia A third charge has been filed against a Ukrainian military officer who has been behind bars in Moscow for nearly a year over the deaths of two Russian journalists in Ukraine. Nadezhda Savchenko, who worked as a spotter for Ukrainian troops fighting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine,...
 
 
Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez

Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez Nick Baldwin and Evan Young, researchers with the Armament Research Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, Pennsylvania, discuss the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar ...
 
 

Air Force assigns new chief scientist

The Air Force announced the service’s new chief scientist to serve as a science and technology adviser to the secretary of the Air Force and the chief of staff of the Air Force, May 21. Dr. Greg Zacharias will be the 35th chief scientist and is ready to “dive in” to his new role. “I...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>