Carnegie Mellon and NASA have reached agreement on a long-term lease under which the university will renovate 19,000 square feet of space for its growing West Coast campus in Buildings 23 and 24 on the historic Shenandoah Plaza at Moffett Field, Calif.
The plaza is adjacent to NASA’s Ames Research Center and is part of a 213-acre research park the agency is developing. The agreement states that the university may lease the buildings for 15 years and exercise additional options to bring the term of the lease up to 48 years.
It also gives the university the right of first refusal to lease buildings 17 and 20 on the six-building quadrangle. The university’s West Coast campus has been housed in Building 17 since 2001. Now, expanding educational and research programs require additional space. Building 20 was used as an officers club on the former naval base and could house 50 to 60 people, including students, visiting faculty and short-term visitors.