The new facility is located within Northrop Grumman’s campus in Melbourne, Florida, which was designated as one of their five Centers of Excellence – a Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence.
Building 229 is a three-story structural steel building, clad with architectural precast concrete panels. The first floor provides executive spaces and a data center. The second and third floors contain large, open-office work areas, with conference and teaming workrooms, and support functions located in a central core area. There is a separate central plant that is sized to handle additional future facilities on the campus.
The building was designed and built to LEED® Silver Certification guidelines and was subsequently awarded this designation.
Construction of Building 229 began in July 2014. The Certificate of Occupancy was received mid-April 2015 – just 40 weeks from groundbreaking. This was a fast-track, accelerated schedule to meet Northrop Grumman program requirements.
Building 229 is a sister facility to Building 228, another Austin project, which houses program management, engineering and integration laboratories for Northrop Grumman’s Manned Aircraft Program. Building 228 was also delivered in record time – 42 weeks from groundbreaking to occupancy.