CAE USA Celebrates Tampa Headquarters’ Groundbreaking - MS&T

CAE USA Celebrates Tampa Headquarters’ Groundbreaking

Halldale Group Industry Reporter Amanda Towner and Business Manager for the U.S. Holly Foster attended CAE USA’s groundbreaking of its new state-of-the-art U.S. headquarters facility, which will be located at the Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida.

The new 290,000-square foot facility, which will be leased from Space Florida, is expected to be completed in 2022. CAE USA currently employs more than 500 in the Tampa area, and expects to create an additional 100 jobs at the new facility in areas such as computer and software engineering, program management, training instructors, and corporate functions. 

From left to right: Commissioner Pat Kemp, vice chair of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; Frank DiBello, president & CEO of Space Florida; The Honorable Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida; Ray Duquette, president and general manager of CAE USA; the Honorable Kathy Castor, member of Congress for the 14th District of Florida; Robert Watkins, chairman of Hillsborough County Aviation Authority; Joe Lopano, CEO of Tampa International Airport; and Craig Richard, president & CEO of Tampa Economic Development Corporation. Image credit: CAE USA.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis; United States Representative Kathy Castor (D-Fla.); Mayor Jane Castor, City of Tampa; Joe Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport; Craig Richard, president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation; General Bryan “Doug” Brown, retired U.S. Army, chairman of the CAE USA board of directors; the Honorable Sue Payton, former assistant secretary of the Air Force and CAE USA board member; and Brian Morra, chairman of the CAE USA Mission Solutions Inc. board of directors. The CAE USA facility groundbreaking was also attended by other local, state, and federal government officials; customers, partners and suppliers; and employees, including 35 employees with more than 30 years of service.

“The legacy of CAE USA is now 80 years old and we have been in the Tampa Bay area for the last 40 years,” said Ray Duquette, president and general manager, CAE USA. The new headquarters will provide employees with a modern facility to attract and attain the workforce needed to develop advanced training solutions that enhance mission readiness, said Duquette.

Guests were able to preview the future facility using tablets, which augmented the building layout. Guests could walk around the property carrying a tablet, which showed the general location of the facility by augmenting it over the current scenery. Interestingly, we were currently standing in the designated future parking lot, and the building was much farther ahead.

Halldale Group Industry Reporter Amanda Towner previews the future CAE USA facility using a tablet which augments the layout of the new property over the current scenery.
Halldale Group Industry Reporter Amanda Towner previews the future CAE USA facility using a tablet that augments the layout of the new property over the current scenery.

Guests were also able to explore one of CAE USA’s trainers using an augmented reality headset. The T-44 Augmented Reality Procedures Trainer, which was created for the U.S. Navy to train its naval aviators, showed the ground control station of a remotely piloted aircraft.

Mayor Jane Castor explained that the new facility will “ensure that our service members have the tools they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently.”

The new facility project was made possible through partnerships between CAE USA, Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, Space Florida, Tampa International Airport, Tampa Electric, CBRE and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.