Google's pledge to restore and reskin Moffett Field's iconic Hangar One is going to take longer than originally anticipated. The tech firm is now reporting the job likely won't be done until 2025.
The news came out during a report by Google's subsidiary Planetary Ventures last week at the Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board meeting. Planetary Ventures project manager Anthony LaMarca said the company had just finished testing out different methods to remove toxic coatings from the steel structure. Right now the company is investigating how to build scaffolding to replace the skin that had covered the huge steel framework.
"We're looking to be as efficient as possible, but it's hard to say (when we'll be done). All our schedules are subject to change." LaMarca told the advisory board. "By the time we get through all these steps, the skin will be done by 2025. That's quite a ways out."
Other problems have emerged for the smaller hangars Two and Three. Planetary Ventures is working to repair the door of Hangar Two. Meanwhile, structural engineers are trying to figure out how to reinforce the wooden framework of Hangar Three, which has deteriorated and is sagging in areas. Both hangars also reportedly have significant trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene contamination in the soil.
LaMarca reported that Planetary Ventures is planning to install an underground depressurization system at Hangar Two to mitigate the pollution.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the coating being removed from Hangar One.