BAE Systems is investing more than $100 million to build a facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to support the company’s newly acquired Navigation & Sensor Systems business, which makes military GPS products.
The new building will bring the company’s local design and production employees from multiple locations into a single center with modern manufacturing, engineering, and office space. The facility will improve operational efficiency, optimize production, and enhance the company’s ability to deliver high-quality military GPS products to the warfighter.
At the heart of the project is a 278,000-square-foot, build-to-suit factory and research and development center that will be located on a 32-acre site at 7825 6th Street SW in Cedar Rapids. The building will include a large factory; several hundred offices, workstations, and flexible work spaces; and classified and unclassified labs. The building was designed for growth, with the ability to add 50,000 square feet of additional space in the future.
The facility was designed by national architectural firm OPN Architects, Inc., and will be developed and built by Ryan Companies US, Inc., which began construction work in October 2020 and expects to finish the project in 2022.