Space Foundation to nearly triple its space at GoG Road & ArrowswestOct. 17, 2018
The Space Foundation has closed on a purchase that will nearly triple the size of its complex. The additional 85,319 square feet at 4435 Arrowswest Drive (off Garden of the Gods Road) adjoins its current
"This acquisition does more than increase our physical space.” said Space Foundation CEO Thomas Zelibor in a prepared statement. “It allows us to expand and bring even more opportunity to the community and in particular our STEM [acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics] education mission."
The building-space purchase was funded through an agreement with the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs, aided by a donation from Grapevine Investments, LLP, a press release states.
“We are humbled and grateful for their incredible support,” Zelibor said.
El Pomar had helped the Space Foundation buy the original space in the Arrowswest building in 2011, on the condition that the nonprofit advocate for space flight would remain in Colorado Springs until at least 2026.
The foundation started in 1983 and is known internationally for its annual Space Symposium. From 2002 to 2011, its offices had been in a much smaller building on 14th Street near Highway 24.
The 2011 move to Arrowswest provided room for the Space Foundation's headquarters and for the creation of its Discovery Center as a museum and interactive attraction. Expanded over the years, the center now includes the El Pomar Space Gallery, the Northrop Grumman Science Center (featuring Science On a Sphere) and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center.
For more information, call 576-8000 or go to discoverspace.org.
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