What Will Google Do with NASA's Hangar One?
/ March 4, 2014
NASA's eight-acre Hangar One -- built in 1933 as a naval airship hangar for the USS Macon -- is a Silicon Valley icon. It has been designated as a Naval Historical Monument, listed in the Santa Clara County Heritage Resource Inventory and been accepted into the National Register of Historic Places.
And in the coming months, more than 80 years after its construction, it will be taken over by Planetary Ventures LLC, a subsidiary of Internet giant Google, as part of a lease agreement for the airfield where Hangar One sits.
In fact, back in September 2012, Google top execs Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt expressed interest in the hangar, according to Wikipedia; they proposed paying $33 million to revamp the hangar (the full cost to do so) in exchange for being able to use up to two-thirds of the floor space to shelter eight of their private jets.
As part of the lease agreement, Google will not only fix up Hangar One -- which was stripped of its outer covering back in 2012 because its walls and roof contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos and lead paint -- but also will rehabilitate two other Moffett Field hangars, build an on-site educational facility and upgrade NASA’s golf course, according to Wired.