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:
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.