Google Becomes Founding Partner; Large Donation Allows for Expansion
RESTON, VA — Thanks in part to a generous donation from Google, the more than 1,700 “makers” in Northern Virginia will have a larger home to continue to experiment with 3D printing, drones, robotics, and other technical and industrial arts, as well as expand its innovative STEM enrichment programs for area children.
We’re just a short drone flight away from our old facility!
The 10,500 sq. ft. facility located at 1916 Isaac Newton Sq West is less than a half mile from the Wiehle-Reston East metro station and is being retrofitted as a multipurpose community space intended to support:
A fabrication shop featuring laser cutters, wood, CNC machining, and welding equipment.
Meeting rooms and a collaborative workspace for assembling projects.
Classrooms for hosting innovative educational programs for adults and children.
Incubator labs for maker-related businesses.
Take Apart Day at the new facility!
Nova Labs has hired architecture firm V.O.A. Associates who is sponsoring Nova Labs by offering their services at reduced rates. In addition, engineering firm KTA Group and general contractor HITT signed on, also at reduced rates.
The move marks the culmination of three years of continued growth for the non profit organization, which—with support from Veatch Commercial Real Estate—was founded by 14 makers in 2011 and bootstrapped with no capital.
Behind the scenes: Shooting continues on our Kickstarter campaign video!
Additional fundraising is needed to complete renovations, enhance the space, equipment and educational programs. In addition to a planned Kickstarter campaign, tax-deductible donations can be made online through our website: www.novalabs.org/donate.
Nova Labs is also accepting new members. To start the membership process or to complete an application, visit: www.nova-labs.org/membership.