The Space Foundation, well-known nationally and internationally as a leading non-profit organization supporting the exploration, development and use of space and space education, now has a permanent home in Colorado Springs.
Financials of the acquisition were not released, but with support from the El Pomar Foundation, GE Johnson Construction Company and other backers, the foundation now has a permanent home at 310 South 14th Street. Those facilities had long served as corporate headquarters for GE Johnson, one of Colorado’s largest construction companies. The transaction will be complete later this month.
“The Space Foundation is proud of the role we play in Colorado Springs and is excited to establish our permanent corporate headquarters here,” said president and chief executive officer Elliot G. Pulham. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to El Pomar and GE Johnson for helping us realize our vision of a visible permanent presence that adds value for our community.”
El Pomar awarded the Space Foundation a significant grant toward the purchase of the property, and GE Johnson donated a significant portion of the value of the property.
“The Space Foundation has been an important asset in the Colorado Springs community since its inception in 1983,” said William J. Hybl, chair and CEO of El Pomar Foundation. “With the potential for Colorado Springs to play an increased role in the space industry, the location of the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs is even more vital. El Pomar is pleased to have played a role in securing the Space Foundation’s future in Colorado Springs.”
The new Space Foundation headquarters will open for business June 3. In addition to general offices, it will feature expanded NASA Educator Resource Center serving teachers throughout Colorado. It will also be the new home of the Space Technology Hall of Fame, another NASA program.
“The city of Colorado Springs is fortunate to have such a high- caliber organization as the Space Foundation to call the city its home,” said Jim Johnson, president and chief executive officer of GE Johnson Construction Company. “This organization supports not only the local space community, but also acts as a worldwide resource for the industry.”
“Like the Space Foundation, GE Johnson shares a passion in striving for excellence not only in its industry, but also in support of the local community. GE Johnson is proud to be able to support the endeavors of the Space Foundation and help to maintain a well-rounded industry base in Colorado Springs,” added Johnson.
The Space Foundation has operated from various leased facilities in the Colorado Springs area since it was established in 1983. Originally chartered in Washington, D.C., the Foundation reorganized as a Colorado not-for-profit corporation on May 2, 2000.
The organization is well known locally for conducting the National Space Symposium, the space industry’s most important annual event. This year’s symposium attracted nearly 4,000 space professionals to Colorado Springs. Some business leaders fear that if Colorado Springs does not get a convention center, the symposium might relocate.
The Foundation also conducts education programs around the country and organizes the International Space Symposium – held later this year in Toulouse, France. Active in space policy matters in Washington, D.C., the Space Foundation is a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
The establishment of Space Foundation corporate headquarters will also benefit the local non-profit community.
As part of its relocation, the Space Foundation is donating office furniture and equipment to the Challenger Center for Space Science Education of Colorado Springs, which is now under construction at Challenger Middle School. The Space Foundation will also make available meeting and conference facilities to other area non-profit organizations.