NASA Glenn Unveils New Mission Center


NASA’s new Mission Integration Center features Earth as Art images (above) gathered from satellites beginning in 1960 that have been printed onto vinyl wall covering, providing a continual visual surprise as people move through the building.

Hard to believe, but it has been 45 years since astronaut Neil Armstrong and NASA brought the country together by landing a man on the moon in July, 1969.

It is also hard to believe that it has been 50 years since a new office complex has been erected at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

So, when the Glenn Research Center unveiled its new Mission Integration Center on Wed., July 30, it made for perfect timing with celebrations marking, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Jim Free, center director, was joined by hundreds of enthusiastic employees and guests for tours and a ceremonial ribbon cutting as this quantum leap into the future came to life right here in the Cleveland area.

Free called the opening an “agency-wide change in how we will do business at NASA.”

A spirit of collaboration runs through this magnificent structure. Resources, technology and NASA’s famed “can-do” spirit fluidly team throughout this complex that will allow employees to work collaboratively in unprecedented ways.


Construction of the Mission Integration Center, or MIC, began at Lewis Field in September 2010. The $20.5 million building was constructed to increase workforce efficiency by integrating approximately 300 employees, in various project teams, under one roof.

It is the latest facility to be completed under Glenn’s master plan for its campuses in Cleveland and Sandusky, Ohio. Unveiled in 2007 and regularly updated, the master plan details a multi-year effort to renovate or replace World War II era buildings and facilities to meet NASA’s 21st century missions and create a consolidated energy-efficient center.

The MIC is the first new office construction to take place on the Cleveland Glenn campus in 50 years, the last coming in 1963-64.

The 90,000-square foot MIC has achieved Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The MIC features an energy conserving “green roof,” high-efficiency windows and skylights, and a state of the art heating and cooling system.

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