NASA Lewis Research Center—Development Engineering Building & Annex, Fairview Park, OH
Prepared the nomination for two former NASA engineering buildings, which were the location of essential parts of the development of American and international space exploration. The construction of the center was a direct response to President Kennedy’s call in 1961 that landing a man on the moon was a national priority. The new NASA facility was designed and constructed to house 1,100 additional staff members engaged in research and development. The engineers and others played a significant role in the development of the Agena, Atlas and Centaur rocket programs and contributed their rocket expertise directly to the manned Apollo program through the 1960s. The Launch Vehicle Division continued for the first 35 years of the building’s existence, where Lewis engineers managed 119 total unmanned launches from a Launch Control Room, including interplanetary missions, lunar vehicles and satellites. The nomination will provide access to federal and state historic tax credits for the rehabilitation of the buildings. The buildings were listed in August, 2016.