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National Weather Center

A Joint Venture By The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration and the University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma (OU) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are constructing the National Weather Center to provide a consolidated, state-of-the-art facility for research, operations, education, and training. This building is being constructed in Norman, Oklahoma as the anchor facility for the new Research Campus – South of the University of Oklahoma. Groundbreaking was held 1 November 2002; site preparation and infrastructure development are now underway. Final construction drawings are being now prepared, with contract award expected in late Spring 2003. Construction should begin in July of 2003 and conclude in December 2005; occupancy is anticipated in the spring of 2006. The estimated project cost is $67,000,000 for a state-of-the-art facility that will contain approximately 244,000 gross square feet of space. The University and the federal government are sharing costs of construction.

The building will be six stories in height, which includes a rooftop experimental deck and an enclosed weather observatory. The exterior facade of the building will be comprised of face brick, architectural cast stone, metal-faced composite panels, and glass curtain walls. The interior design of the building intermingles the research, operations, education, and training functions of the NOAA and University organizations, with the goal of synergy among OU and NOAA colleagues.

University of Oklahoma units that will occupy space in the National Weather Center include:

  • School of Meteorology
  • Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms
  • Oklahoma Climatological Survey
  • Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies
  • Environmental Verification and Analysis Center
  • Center for Spatial Analysis
  • International Center for Natural Hazard and Disaster Research
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration units include:
  • National Severe Storms Laboratory
  • Storm Prediction Center
  • National Weather Service Forecast Office
  • Radar Operations Center – Research and Applications Branch
  • Warning Decision Training Branch

Following completion of the National Weather Center, the buildings that these NOAA units currently occupy on OU’s Research Campus – North will be renovated. Both the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the Radar Operations Center will keep major functions in these renovated facilities.

 

   

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