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Avionic Tower & Test Center, Northrop Grumman
San Diego, CA
Simulating flight.
Avionics test lab that replicates flight environment.
Secure, flexible, cost-effective.
When planning their 3-story integrated avionics test facility Northrop Grumman required a solution that would maintain research flexibility and sensitive information partitioning while remaining cost-effective. They turned to HED to design the solution which infuses experimental technology with world-class avionics research standards.

The Pole model tower is designed to accommodate the latest “shell”-fuselage fighter jet from the US military, testing advanced avionics while simulating in-flight conditions such as attack angle and pitch. Directly below the test model is Northrop Grumman’s direct-avionics test lab, which was carefully designed and positioned to replicate a jet fighter’s flight environments.
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A series of cable-tray management systems for all utilities were designed for each floor with central busway shafts for interconnection.
Project Data
Avionic Tower & Test Center PCA_Northrop Grumman Avionic Tower
Northrop Grumman
San Diego, California
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Architecture (Full Service)
RSF/GSF
50,400
CONSTRUCTION COST
$7.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
    LEED Certified Equivalent
Project Team
  • Kevin Perry
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Tim Schulze
    AIA, NCARB
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Randy Chumley
    Associate
    Project Management
Avionics test lab that replicates flight environment.
Avionic Tower & Test Center, Northrop Grumman
San Diego, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Simulating flight.