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Aerospace Corp., the first tenant in the Colorado Springs Airport’s Peak Innovation Park, has filed plans with the city of Colorado Springs to more than double the size of complex. The federal research nonprofit said it has run out of space in its current 78,000-square-foot building and is seeking approval to build an adjacent 90,000-square-foot facility Photo by (TODD SPOTH, THE GAZETTE)

Aerospace Corp., a nonprofit defense and security research company, wants to more than double the size of its operation at the Colorado Springs Airport business park — another sign of growing interest in the airport’s commercial center.

Aerospace, based in California, has submitted a proposal to city planners showing it’s seeking to construct a 90,000-square-foot office building to go with its 78,000-square-foot building at the Peak Innovation Park, south of Milton E. Proby Parkway and the airport’s passenger terminal.

The company, however, indicated in a statement that the proposal it submitted to the city is only a first step and not a done deal.

It declined to elaborate on the project until its board of trustees approves the building this fall. Additional hiring would be determined “once the building construction is complete” and would be based on customer requirements, the company said.

Aerospace employs more than 200 people at its existing building. The company said in its filing with the city that it’s “experiencing (and anticipating) significant growth” in Colorado Springs and needs the building to accommodate “additional talent, department growth (and restructuring) and additional hosting space” for clients.

The company’s office, built in 2007, “has surpassed capacity, triggering frequent renovations to create more space while leaving some employees without office space at all.”

The new high-security building would give Aerospace “flexibility and room for growth” and would be built with offices, conference and meeting rooms and a “multipurpose center.”

Aerospace continues to grow in Colorado Springs and lists 16 local job openings ranging from software development and engineering to cybersecurity and mission design.

The company also expanded its operations in Albuquerque in August by 25% to support Pentagon plans to modernize the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile and respond to new threats in space.

The nonprofit won a $1.1 billion contract in September from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center for systems engineering and integration. Aerospace provides technical guidance and advice on space missions to military and commercial customers.

Aerospace created an initiative last year called “Project Thor” to “provide recommendations for outpacing the threat in space” as part of a broader effort to examine trends that will shape the development of the newly created Space Force. The company also works with U.S. Space Command, now temporarily based at Peterson Air Force Base.

The 960-acre Peak Innovation Park also is home to Northrop Grumman’s Colorado Springs operations, an Amazon delivery station and a military rapid deployment terminal.

Amazon this month also bought land where it will build a 4 million-square-foot distribution center, while the U.S. Forest Service plans to build a regional aerial tanker hub at the airport to fight wildfires.

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