NEWPORT NEWS, Va., July 1, 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced its selection of the developer to build a new Apprentice School building at its Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va.

Armada Hoffler has been selected as the developer for the new school. They will work in conjunction with the shipyard and the city of Newport News to finalize the school's location in the city's downtown area.

"We look forward to working with Armada Hoffler and the city of Newport News to develop our new Apprentice School," said Matt Mulherin, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News. "This project has the potential to not only enhance the quality of life for our apprentices, but it could also lead to a revitalization of downtown Newport News, which benefits all our shipbuilders as well as the community.  We are excited to be a part of that effort."

Projects that will be completed in the upcoming months include furthering development alternatives for the school as well as associated downtown development opportunities. The groundbreaking is expected to be held in the summer of 2011.

"We are pleased and excited to see this project gain momentum," said McKinley Price, mayor of Newport News. "Downtown will benefit from having an academic and residential campus, where we'll continue to educate our workforce with a focus on 21st century jobs."

The complex will include class rooms, a dormitory and a parking garage. Various amenities will be provided to enhance the students' quality of life.

"We are honored to have been selected as the development partner for this landmark project," said Louis Haddad, president and CEO, Armada Hoffler.  "Working alongside Northrop Grumman and the city of Newport News, it is our intention that the Apprentice School complex becomes a catalyst for even greater positive change in the downtown area."

Armada Hoffler is a leading commercial real-estate and construction company. They develop, construct, and own top-quality real-estate throughout the nation. Their projects include town centers, five-star hotels, office buildings, apartment complexes, and retail centers.

The Apprentice School at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News was founded in 1919. Since then, the school has produced over 9,000 graduates. They offer four to five-year programs for students seeking shipbuilding careers.

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