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Glenn Research Center Aerospace Communications Facility

The Glenn Research Center Aerospace Communications Facility will be a new research facility devoted to communication research. The building will provide research space for approximately 40 communication laboratories and house 110 research personnel. The facility will consolidate the activities of seven current buildings into one space. Planned to be a LEED Gold rated building, and Net Zero Ready, the facility will included a number of features to reduce energy use and include strategies to offset its carbon footprint.

A large part of the research focus is on antenna design, development and testing, including a horizontal near field antenna range, compact antenna range, and optical range. The antenna ranges have exacting requirements for vibration, temperature and humidity control, as well as requiring shielding from radio frequency and electromagnetic interference. Alongside these ranges will be electronics laboratories, machine shop, storage spaces, hoteling and conference spaces.

HERA’s role on the project includes programming, lab planning and design. HERA led the programming sessions with NASA stakeholders to establish the project program, created adjacency and stacking diagrams—establishing in broad strokes of what is going to be where—and recommended room dimensions and proportions.

As the project has moved into design, HERA is designing preliminary laboratory layouts showing general casework layout, location of major fixed equipment, and other lab features. HERA will be reviewing cost estimates, and working with the prime architect to refine the laboratory spaces. HERA will also be writing specifications for the lab and lab equipment portions of the project. Near the end of the design process, we will offer a peer review of the architectural and engineering team drawings from a lab coordination perspective.

“Just wanted to thank you and your team for all of the hard work on this project. We can be a picky bunch here at NASA but your team did everything possible to meet our needs. The Ross Barney team received excellent reviews from all involved and set the bar for building design here at GRC.”

Ryan Munro, Team Lead, Engineering Management Branch


Cleveland, Ohio


55,000 GSF


Laboratory programming, planning and design


Net Zero Ready


Ross Barney Architects



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