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MDA News Release

5700 18th Street, Bldg 245
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5573

Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of Von Braun IV Facility

January 28, 2015

Brig. Gen. Kenneth E. Todorov, Missile Defense Agency deputy director, officiated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today on behalf of Vice Adm. James D. Syring, MDA director, marking the grand opening of the Von Braun IV facility on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. The 225,000 square foot facility has office space to accommodate more than 900 employees.

“The opening of the Von Braun IV facility is a significant milestone for the Missile Defense Agency,” said Brig. Gen. Todorov. “This new facility will increase the Agency’s efficiency and effectiveness by consolidating the majority of MDA’s Huntsville workforce into one central location at the Von Braun Complex on Redstone Arsenal.”

“With the opening of Von Braun IV approximately 5,500 personnel from both MDA and the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command will be working together on one campus in the Von Braun Complex.”

Other participants in today’s ceremony included Mr. John H. James, Jr., MDA executive director; Col. Bill Marks, Redstone Arsenal Garrison commander; Lt. Col. Landon Raby, deputy commander of the Mobile District, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Mr. Mike Gray, Turner Universal Construction.

Vice Adm. Syring expresses his appreciation to the U.S. Congress and the Alabama Congressional Delegation, in particular U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, U.S. Representative Mo Brooks and U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt for their continuing support for MDA and for securing congressional authorization and appropriations for the Von Braun IV project.

The Von Braun IV facility was constructed with an environmentally-friendly design according to standards set forth by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. The building was constructed by Turner Universal Construction Company of Huntsville, Ala., under the oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The construction cost of Von Braun IV was approximately $58 million.