Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) Campus Modernization and Expansion

Austin, as part of a multi-year architectural design and engineering master services agreement, is providing programming, space planning, design and engineering services on a multi-year facilities campus modernization and expansion program.

Project Description: 

Austin, as part of a multi-year architectural design and engineering master services agreement, is providing programming, space planning, design and engineering services on a multi-year facilities campus modernization and expansion program.

The Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach campuses house in excess of 8,000 employees in a variety of owned and leased space. Facilities comprise approximately 4.7-million square feet. The modernization effort focuses on 14 buildings on the campus, which were originally constructed in the late 1960s.

The program includes a substantial focus on Northrop Grumman’s “greeNG” program, which involves significant upgrade to the facilities in the area of water and energy conservation following LEED® design and construction guidelines.

Austin’s services include on-site program management, strategic long-range site and facilities master planning, architectural and interior design, engineering, and construction management for a vast array of facilities supporting research, satellite manufacturing and assembly, integration and testing, high bay, laboratory, office and support activities.

This modernization program is an extension of a more than 40-year relationship between Northrop Grumman (and its heritage companies) and The Austin Company. Austin has worked on the Space Park campus on a near continuous basis for more than 15 years. Austin serves Northrop Grumman nationally under multi-year continuing service agreements, and has provided services in support of over $100-million in facilities projects for Northrop Grumman during the past five years alone.

Representative projects include: characterization, research, development and electronic laboratories; cleanrooms; site master planning; feasibility studies; office renovations; mechanical and electrical system upgrades; spacecraft assembly high bays; and SCIF.

Laboratory and cleanroom projects have included services for D.I. water, liquid nitrogen, high purity gases, electrical and exhaust. Lab renovations have also included hazardous H2 occupancies to house the wafer production "Riber" equipment and meet the stringent requirements of this highly-volatile production process. Representative facilities modernization and consolidation program projects include:

Building E2 Modernization
Building E2 is a 132,000 SF 11-story sector headquarters building originally constructed in 1966. The first phase of modernization included seismic upgrade evaluation, and renovation of the lobby, 10th and 11th floor executive offices.

Austin provided planning, design and engineering services in connection with the Space Park Campus Core Team support services contract.

Building R4 Modernization
Austin provided planning, architectural design, engineering and construction document preparation for the renovation of a 120,000 SF two-story general office building on the 110-acre Space Park Campus in Redondo Beach, California. The design challenge presented by the R4 building was in opening up the maze of enclosed offices. Austin’s solution completely striped the interior space down to its core elements. In doing so, the building broke down logically into four quadrants, separated by central elevator and restroom cores.

Neighborhoods of open office workstations stretch across the building where enclosed offices once stood. This new openness allows for enhanced interaction between employees and greater density of workers without sacrificing comfort. Each quadrant has a “park” – a partially walled-off area where a casual conversation can transform into a brainstorming session without disturbing others in nearby cubicles.

At the intersection of the four quadrants, a connection center allows employees to unwind in a circular collaborative environment with flat-screen televisions along the walls and Wi-Fi. In support of this major renovation and in response to aging and at-capacity systems, a significant, integrated upgrade and modernization to lighting, power, IT, security, life-safety, and HVAC systems was implemented.

ES1 Relocation to Building R10
Austin provided design and engineering services to NGAS for the relocation of select operations (offices and labs) from Building ES-1 in El Segundo to Building R10 in Redondo Beach of the Space Park campus. The project included premising of areas to SAP/SAR Standards.

Perimeter walls were constructed full height with STC 45 sound rating. Primary entry doors to SAP/SAR areas were STC 45 rated security doors with X-09 spin dial security hardware. Card readers, keypads, door contacts, and motion sensors were also provided and integrated with the alarm system.

Existing utilities (pipes, conduit, cable, and HVAC ducts) that traversed that area were relocated to eliminate any from passing through the area. HVAC ducts over 96-square inches in section that entered the secured area were protected with security bars and provided with inspection ports on the secured side. Each air transfer opening in the secured perimeter was fitted with a sound boot.

Communication and Server Rooms were served by a split-system air conditioning unit. Larger Server Rooms and Laboratories were provided with computer room-type air conditioners with direct expansion cooling and electric re-heating.

The project was implemented using a fast-track design-build approach with an overall management plan that achieved on-time completion.

Building R2 Consolidation
Austin provided building-wide planning for maximum utilization of Building R2 in Redondo Beach. Studies included compliance with new building codes, incorporation of specific requirements for a classified business unit, secure filing heavy floor loading limitations, and pursuit of other issues as directed.

Some areas in the building are secure areas, which are constructed according to U.S. Government Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) Standards. The SCIF accommodates three different operations and is compartmented for each operation.

Austin prepared complete construction documentation for the development of a presentation center, lobby upgrade, premises for Security, Lounge, and food preparation – a 6,500 SF area.

ES1 2nd Floor Remodel – Special Access Requirement (SAR)
The ES1 SAR (Special Access Requirement) project involved the design of reception space, offices, conference rooms and a TDR (Telephone Data Room) within an existing 80,000 SF floor envelope.

The key component of the project involved Austin’s teaming with NGAS facilities and IT personnel for converting a non-classified office floor level into a secured classified area. This effort included the specification of full-height STC 45 partitions, security devices, access hardware, HVAC man-bars, and sound masking to define SAR areas.

In addition, the program included the design of a new classified fiber-optic network distribution system. The system’s design included a series of new ceiling-mounted cable trays and dedicated conduits to serve as fiber-optic pathways for the project. In further support of the telecommunications plans, a fiber-optic cable matrix was developed as a tool to assist in the installation of the system.

Technical Presentation Event Center
Austin provided programming, space planning and architectural design services for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s new Technical Presentation Event Center at Space Park in Redondo Beach, California.

The versatile, advanced-technology 20,000 SF center – the first free-standing building constructed at Space Park in nearly 20 years — was designed to host industry and government conferences, marketing events, proposal oral presentations, program reviews, interactive simulations, and employee communication events.

The building's centerpiece is a 6,700 SF, two-story, 500-seat presentation room with advanced audio/visual, video teleconferencing and digital simulation systems that reflect the leading-edge technology for which Space Park has always been known. The facility also features three, 900 SF, 30-person break-out rooms with fixed and portable audio/visual and computer capabilities as well as a 1,600 SF food service area.

Distinguished Visitors Center
The Distinguished Visitors Center and Systems Integration Laboratory, combines multimedia technology and warfare simulation. Building 202’s 5,000 SF Multimedia Lobby and Conference Room area are the primary focal point for visitors to interact with Northrop Grumman’s products, services and related technologies that have been, or are currently under development.

The lobby is a staging area for guests and provides interactive media kiosks and plasma screens, as well as an historical area containing "Jack Northrop's" desk and vintage aircraft models. The conference room incorporates the latest advances in multimedia and communications equipment to facilitate presentations to governmental officials and dignitaries. Austin was also responsible for the procurement and installation of the multimedia systems.

Cyber Warfare Integration Node
Northrop Grumman's Arlington, Virginia, Cyber Warfare Integration Node (CWIN) consists of approximately 10,000 SF located on the 21st Floor of a 30-story high-rise with a prominent view of the Washington DC Mall. The Demonstration Center focuses on an environment that reflects the forward-thinking and advanced technological capabilities of Northrop Grumman’s organization, through extensive use of audio visual and custom lighting equipment.

The CWIN Theater Battle Arena design takes on a flexible theater/studio appearance that supports a variety of operating modes to include command center simulations and demonstrations, war games, and virtual collaboration with the five other CWIN facilities.

Custom overhead trusses support theatrical lighting fixtures and video projectors with computerized control of AV and lighting systems. Due to the limited floor-to-ceiling height, the ceiling was opened to the exposed structure to facilitate the perception of increased headroom. The entire facility contains a 2-1/2" raised access floor for distribution and management of power and data cabling. Austin coordinated with a systems integrator to establish simulation and audio/visual equipment design and specifications.

Cyber Warfare Integration Node
Northrop Grumman's San Diego Cyber Warfare Integration Node (CWIN) consists of approximately 5,000 SF located within Northrop's Building 2 on the Rancho Bernardo, California, campus.

The center incorporates advanced simulation technology in a theater environment that accommodates various modes of operation, utilizing a large rear screen projection surface and multiple computer workstations. Realistic war game battle situations are created electronically utilizing various opposing teams located in separate rooms and monitored by an operation commander.

The CWIN consists of a Player's Arena, Command Control Conference Room, Red & Blue Force Rooms, and other support functions. The area requires raised access flooring to facilitate distribution of power and data cabling and utility lines. Lighting systems utilize a variety of presets to provide the appropriate lighting levels for each mode of operation.

Cyber Warfare Integration Node
Northrop Grumman's El Segundo Cyber Warfare Integration Node (CWIN) consists of approximately 8,000 SF located within Northrop's Building 202 high bay area. The center creates simulations of advanced concepts in realistic environments and provides technology for simulated battle situation scenarios. The CWIN supports large visual screens and computer workstations that function in a real-time virtual environment.

The CWIN area consists of a Battle Situation Area, Computer Room, Control Room, Projection Room, and other support elements. The area also requires a multi-level raised access floor to facilitate distribution and management of cabling and utility lines and for improved sight lines. Austin coordinated with Northrop Grumman’s Equipment Systems Integrator to establish simulation and audio/visual equipment design and specifications. Because security is critical at this location, the center’s communications system contains “Red Black Wiring,” indicating normal and isolated communications.

Combined Computer Complex (C3) – Building 202
Austin provided planning, design and engineering for a 40,000 SF mission critical data center in support of Northrop Grumman’s Advanced Systems Development Center, located within Building 202 in El Segundo, California.

The center, described as an incubator of ideas for integrated strike warfare, houses a new Systems Integration Laboratory (SIL), Cyber Warfare Integration Network (CWIN) war simulation theater, Distinguished Visitor Center (DVC) and multiple Engineering, Logistics and Technology (EL&T) Laboratories, all designed by Austin as individual projects.

The high-availability data center includes 12" raised-access flooring with static dissipative tile and HVAC units connected to a house-chilled water system with redundancy (ductwork, louvers, controls) in critical areas to include smoke purging.

The fire suppression is controlled by an overhead wet system, which includes a pre-action system requiring two signals prior to discharge, preventing accidental discharge. In addition, under-floor fire suppression (Energen) was installed in critical areas, as well as under-floor detection in all areas.

The entire project required Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) and Special Access Programs (SAP) for security, which included STC 45 and 55 construction, white noise, motion sensors, access control (badge readers) and separation of power and communications.

Austin also provided design and engineering services for a new backup engine generator and UPS system.

M3 Consolidated Laboratories
Austin provided architectural design and engineering services for a remodel of 87,400 SF within the existing M3 building to accommodate the relocation of labs from other buildings throughout the Space Park campus. The space now houses fluid systems labs, chemistry labs and materials and processes labs. Within the laboratory spaces are approximately 15,000 SF of Class 100,000 cleanroom, and approximately 1,750 SF of Class 10,000 cleanroom, as well as office space for lab personnel.

Numerous hazardous materials including toxic and highly toxic materials, flammable gases and liquids, oxidizing liquids, corrosives and other hazardous solids and liquids had to be accommodated. The project requirement included extensive additions and modifications to the HVAC system, including installation of chilled water lines for connection to a future chilled water plant, new process piping systems for lab gases, vacuum and air, and a new industrial water system.

Vacate Pico Campus Expansion – El Segundo, California
Supporting the B-2 Bomber program, The Austin Company provided design, engineering, project management, and construction management services for the relocation of 13 laboratories totaling 85,000 SF from Pico Rivera to Northrop Grumman facilities in El Segundo, California. The relocated laboratories included Stereolithography, Mechanical Test, Environmental Test, and Instrumentation, among others.

Hazardous materials utilized in these labs include toxic and highly-toxic gases, flammable gases and liquids, oxidizing gases, inert gases, propellants and other hazardous solids and liquids.

The centerpiece of the project was a 22,000 SF Systems Simulation Laboratory that allows the client to adapt to ever-changing requirements, while still maintaining the high security levels required by the United States Government.

Project Stats: 
Square Footage: 5,000,000
Austin Services Provided: Masterplanning, Architectural Design, Interior Design, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Project Management, Construction Management

Space Park Campus, CA
Rancho Bernardo, CA
El Segundo, CA
Arlington, VA

Project Client: 

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS)