COMMUNIQUE: NOAA FACILITIES


This document recently came to us via Jack Kavanaugh, our Freemason Neighborhood Association President. Thought it might be of interest to our residents!

BACKGROUND PAPER ON NOAA FACILITIES REQUIREMENTS

1. NOAA’s current facilities in downtown Norfolk are old, need repairs and not ideally suited from a logistics perspective (difficult access for tractor trailers, etc.). Additionally, they occupy prime real estate along the Norfolk waterfront that the City of Norfolk would like to develop. HRMFFA is exploring options to relocate NOAA’s Norfolk operations to another suitable location in Hampton Roads that would benefit NOAA, the City of Norfolk, the Navy and the region.


2. NOAA has three facilities and ~790 ft of pier space at their downtown Norfolk location. The facilities contain the HQ for the Marine Operations Center-Atlantic (MOC-A), Atlantic Hydrographic Branch (AHB) and National Geodetic Survey Operations & Analysis Division (NGS-OAD). The MOC-A also provides a warehousing and logistics function for all worldwide NOAA maritime operations. One NOAA vessel (Thomas Jefferson) is also homeported here.


3. NOAA’s approximate facility and shore requirements are shown below:

- MOC-A: ~11,000 SF warehouse space, space for up to 100 people (~15,000 SF)

- AHB: Admin space for ~35 people, specialized work and storage spaces (~10,000 SF)

- NGS-OAD: Admin and work space for ~20 people (~7,000 SF)

- Pier space for Thomas Jefferson: Length - 208’, Beam - 45’, Draft - 15’, Freeboard - 12’

- Pier space for potentially two other ships ranging from 187’ to 274’ length, Beam 40’ to 53’, Draft 12’ to 19’

- Hotel services pierside: Potable water with freeze protection, shore power (450V, 3 Phase, 60Hz, 240-280 amps), sewage discharge, phone/network/internet connections


4. Looking to explore whether NAVSTA Norfolk has facilities to meet the above requirements. Also exploring whether facilities are available that could be renovated to meet NOAA’s needs. Renovations could potentially be funded by City of Norfolk in exchange for the property that NOAA would vacate in a P4 arrangement.

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