NASA Glenn Research Center
With missions to Mars and beyond on the agenda, NASA’s communications technology must be top-notch. That’s why the U.S. Congress approved a $33.8 million Aerospace Communications Facility at NASA Glenn Research Center, which will consolidate about 100 Glenn researchers under its 54,000-square-foot roof.
“It leads to more discovery,” says Joel Kearns, director of facilities, test and manufacturing at Glenn. “Problems get solved faster and new ideas can be tested out right away.” NASA breaks ground on the new facility this spring, with an estimated completion date of September 2021. The building will house 25 research and development laboratories designed for communication technologies. “This will help us make sure that everything works before we get up there on spaceships or airplanes.”
After more than a century of helping Clevelanders reimagine and revitalize their neighborhoods, the Cleveland Foundation is about to do a little building of its own. The foundation recently purchased 1.2 acres in MidTown alongside the historic Dunham Tavern Museum with plans for a new headquarters and civic district to open in summer 2022.
Though a pending lawsuit is challenging the real estate deal, the three-story complex, sporting a glossy look and greenspace for public use, should make the nonprofit more accessible to all of Greater Cleveland. “We are excited about moving forward with this project,” the Cleveland Foundation said in a statement, “which aligns with ongoing efforts by many community partners to realize long-term, multi-generational social and economic development in the heart of MidTown.”
Cleveland Division of Police
Opportunity knocked, and the city’s men and women in blue answered the call. Cleveland’s police force will move its headquarters from downtown’s Justice Center to a 11-acre site near East 75th Street and the Opportunity Corridor in 2022. More than 500 public safety employees will work at the site, which also includes space for a community center and police museum.
City Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, whose Ward 5 includes the future site of the headquarters, believes this marks a turning point for the blighted Kinsman-Union neighborhood. “This is a catalytic chance to build something iconic and attractive in an area that’s seen very little investment over the decades,” she says. “This tells developers, investors and residents that this place has potential. It’s a neighborhood with hope.”
Since last September, when the longtime Cleveland paint manufacturer announced plans to trade in its Prospect Avenue headquarters for fancy new digs, we’ve been holding our breath. With 4,400 employees in Northeast Ohio — most of whom work at the company’s downtown base or the nearby Breen Technology Center — Sherwin-Williams needs more space.
Vice president of global corporate communications Julie S. Young says the search included “evaluating buildings and land in Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, across the state of Ohio and other states.” After five long months, the 1866-founded company announced in February that it would be staying in Northeast Ohio, opening a new 1-million-square-foot headquarters just west of Public Square in downtown and a new research and development center in Brecksville.