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NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, 
Seeking Developer for 250 room Hotel and Conference
and Education Center
Call for Developer Qualifications

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California (March 22, 2004) – NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced today that it is seeking proposals from developers to create a Conference and Education Center to open by Fall 2007 as a lead project in the creation of the NASA Research Park, a dynamic research and education community that is home to several university partners, private industry, and NASA.  Interested parties may obtain a Call for Developer Qualifications document, with submittals due by May 14, 2004.  NASA Ames and the NASA Research Park are located in Moffett Field, California, in the center of Silicon Valley. 

The Conference and Education Center will provide a specialized meeting and lodging facility for conferences, educational programs, events, and other functions sponsored by NASA and its NRP partners, as well as outside organizations.  NASA’s preliminary concept for the Conference and Education Center includes a facility with up to 250 lodging rooms and meeting rooms capable of simultaneously accommodating multiple small groups or a single large group of up to 500 persons.  The selected developer will design, finance, construct, and operate the Conference and Education Center pursuant to a long-term ground lease with NASA. 

NASA is currently transforming the 1,500 acres of the former Naval Air Station Moffett Field adjacent to the NASA Ames Research Center into an integrated research and education community.  The lead project in this transformation is the development of the NASA Research Park (NRP), a 213-acre research and development campus that will be occupied by NASA partner organizations from government, academia, industry and non-profits whose programs support NASA's mission.  The Conference and Education Center is an approved project included in the NASA Ames Development Plan.

The NRP seeks to promote innovation in science and research through multidisciplinary exchanges between public and private enterprises, both onsite and in the surrounding areas of Silicon Valley.  The development of a Conference and Education Center is an integral component of the NRP.  Existing NRP partners include Carnegie Mellon University, University of California Santa Cruz, California State University San Jose, Foothill-De Anza Community College, and other educational institutions.

Parties interested in the Call for Developer Qualifications should contact:

Ms. Laura Lewis, Project Manager
Telephone:  (650) 604-2162
(include “CDQ Request” in the subject line)

After a review of the Call for Developer Qualifications submittals, NASA will create a “short-list” of the most qualified developers who will be eligible to participate in the final round of the selection process.  In the second round, expected to begin this Summer, eligible developers will be asked to submit detailed development proposals.  NASA expects to select a single developer by year-end after review of development proposals, and will then enter into exclusive negotiations on the terms and conditions of a development agreement.  The target opening date for the Conference and Education Center is Fall 2007.

Since 1986, Bay Area Economics (BAE) has provided comprehensive real estate economic analysis and urban development services to public, private, non-profit, and institutional clients throughout the U.S.  Currently, BAE has been engaged to provide real estate advisory services to NASA Ames Research Center.  With recognized expertise in urban development and public/private partnerships, BAE has led numerous successful feasibility studies, developer solicitations, and large transaction negotiations to implement projects throughout the U.S. 

BAE is headquartered in Berkeley, California, with additional offices in the Sacramento region, the Washington D.C. area, and Boston. 



David Shiver
Principal, Bay Area Economics
Telephone:  (510) 549-7310


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New Four Seasons Hotel to Open in Silicon Valley, California / April 2002
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