Aerospace institute becoming
a reality in Hampton
Courtesy of the National Institute of Aerospace
| The institute will be the first tenant of the Hampton Roads
Center North Campus, which will ultimately house six buildings,
such as the one above.
By Allison Connolly,
The Virginian-Pilot © March 13, 2004
HAMPTON — The National Institute of Aerospace will finally get its own
space next year, as officials broke ground on the site March 12.
For more than a year, the research institute, a partnership between seven universities
and NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, has been operating out of a small
The institute has 30 full-time and part-time graduate students
and 35 professors from the member schools working on
60 research projects. In the past year,
the program has received $12 million in research funding, of which $5 million
gone back to the schools.
Ultimately, officials hope the institute will employ more
than 300 people and generate as much as $20 million a
year in research dollars.
While the institute doesn’t grant degrees, students and faculty from member
schools will have the chance to work alongside Langley engineers on projects
for such customers as the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration
and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“They’ll do research inside NASA Langley with Langley’s expertise,” said
Robert Lindberg , president of the institute. The member schools are: Hampton
University; the University of Virginia; Virginia Tech; North Carolina Agricultural
and Technical State University; North Carolina State University; the University
of Maryland; and Georgia Tech. Affiliate members include Old Dominion University
and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.
The nonprofit was created by Langley with funding potentially
worth $118 million over the first five years.
first five years will be intense,” said Carolyn W. Meyers, provost
of North Carolina A&T and chairwoman of the institute.
The institute will be the first tenant of the Hampton Roads
Center North Campus, an office park being developed by
Craig Davis Properties
of Cary, N.C.,
on 250 acres bought from the Hampton Industrial Authority.
The campus will ultimately house six buildings and 360,000
square feet of research space. The city will invest a
total of $7 million
The institute will initially occupy half of the first 60,000-square-foot
building. Also March 12, Hampton Mayor Charlie Wornom announced
that the Army Corps of
Engineers has given the city approval to extend Commander Shepard
Boulevard from Magruder Boulevard to Big Bethel Road, which
will improve access
to the institute
on Floyd Thompson Boulevard.
institute will serve as an incubator for entrepreneurs. The
first one expected to move into the building is Crewestone
audio and video
production company that develops science-based content for
television and film.