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David G. Eller Oceanography and Meteorology
(O&M) Building

O&M after completion Even as the Department of Meteorology made its debut, plans were underway to design a building that would house the College of Geosciences. The construction of the Oceanography and Meteorology (O&M) building began in August 1970 and was completed in 1973. The architectural designers for the building were the father and son team of Preston M. Geren Sr. and Jr. of Fort Worth. Both the Gerens are Aggies. The building was built by the Houston-based Manhattan Construction Company. It cost $7.6 million to build and is constructed of reinforced concrete and steel, with limestone exterior walls.
 
In 1973, newspapers circulated rumors that the building had a 3 degree lean and that there was a crack in the foundation. University officials denied both rumors. In reality, the O&M building has no foundation. It is built on piers sunk 60 feet into the ground.

'Foundation' under construction

 

Dedication cover

Dedication notes

Captain Jacques Cousteau was among those in attendance.
A symposium to celebrate the official opening of the building was held on 10 November 1973. The building was, at the time, and may yet remain, the tallest between Houston and Dallas. On the roof are a weather observatory that extends to the 15th floor, a radar pedestal atop the observatory, and a range of other observing instruments.

In 1989, the building was renamed the David G. Eller Building for Oceanography and Meteorology, after David G. Eller, the former Chairman of the University Board of Regents. The building currently houses the Departments of Oceanography, Meteorology, and Geography, along with the offices of the Dean of the College of Geosciences.


Below are a few more pictures from the building's history:

Proposal cover

The cover image for the building's proposal.
The campus photo was taken around 1967.

Vision for the building
Vision of the completed building, also from the proposal.
Hubbard Street (left) was converted into a sidewalk. 

Building skeleton

View of O&M Building skeleton from
Texas Avenue - April 2, 1971

Building mostly done

Construction well underway as seen from behind the
Systems Building - April 25, 1972


O&M Today

The O&M Building in recent years.


Goodwin Hall, the original home of the Department of Meteorology and its radars, was located between the Coke Building and Bizzell Hall. After the O&M Building was completed, the building was in bad condition and scheduled for demolition. An explosion in enrollment at the university delayed this, however. In 1989, the eight-decade-old building was razed.

 

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