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Columbia Memorial Space Center Expansion Coming to Discovery Park


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Three years after green lighting the expansion plans for the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Discovery Park, the City of Downey has successfully concluded the environmental review process for the project. The architectural firm LPA was tasked with designing the facility in 2021.


The Downey Space Shuttle Exhibit & Education Building Project will be next door to the space center at 12400 Columbia Way. Envisioned as a new two-story, roughly 29,000-square-foot museum, it will encompass event space for up to 300 guests, staff offices, classrooms, and exhibit areas.


The centerpiece of the venue will be the Inspiration, a life-sized Space Shuttle engineering replica, serving as the museum's largest exhibit. Additionally, visitors can expect to encounter models of Mars rovers and space-flown Dragon capsules among the collection.


The project also includes a 1,560-square-foot structure dedicated to educational programming, an inviting entry plaza, an outdoor classroom, and various courtyards, lawns, and pavilions. Construction is expected to take approximately 18 months,


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