These two buildings, the Technology Center and the Central Utilities Plant (CUP), are foundations to the development of NCEthe new home for GEOINT (geospatial intelligence). NCE will complete its transition to the NCE by September 2011.
Among the participants in the ribbon-cutting was the newest member of the NGA work force, who joined NGA on June 22, and an employee recently honored for 40 years of service to NGA and its predecessor agencies.
Under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District, the structures were built to meet NGAs power and computing needs as it prepares to consolidate multiple area offices into the NCE.
With NGA in command of the buildings, the agency can begin preparing for the development of its internal infrastructure.
The Tech Center will support an integrated NGA information technology architecture that will enable analysts to develop GEOINT products for NGA partners more efficiently.
In a similar vein, the CUPa 105,000 square foot building with seven chillers and eight cooling towerswill provide power and cooling for the NCEs 2.4 million square foot campus. At peak capacity the CUP will be able to produce 31,500 gallons of chilled water per minuteenough to fill three Olympic-size swimming pools every hour.
During the ceremony, NGA Director Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett noted the historic significance of the handover.
"The ongoing challenges to the nation have ushered in a new era for the Agency, and accelerated the integration and relevance of our diverse but unified Agency, said Murrett. Today, as we accept the first two buildings we continue that forward momentum and pass an important milestone of mission deployment, he added.
CIA Associate Deputy Director Scott White, who keynoted the ceremony, joined Murrett in praising the completion of the two buildings. This is more than the new headquarters, its the promised land, said White. Its great to see it become a reality. When the campus opens in two years, it will be the crowning achievement in bringing GEOINT to the warfighter and NGA mission partners, White added.
Once complete, the 1,200 foot long, eight-story Main Office Building will house 8,500 personnel. The NCE will have a variety of on-site amenities available to the NGA work force including a barber shop, a dry cleaner, a convenience store and a fitness center.
NGA is a Department of Defense combat support agency and a member of the national Intelligence Community. The agencys mission is to provide geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), which is the exploitation of satellite or airborne images, fused with other intelligence and geospatial information like mapping, charting and geodesy, to help warfighters and national decision makers visualize what they need to know. NGA is the nations eyes.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., NGA has major facilities in the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and St. Louis, Mo., areas with NGA support teams worldwide. Visit our Web site at www.nga.mil.