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University of Oklahoma; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Beck Associates; LAN/Daly

Boldt Role:

General Contractor Lean Construction

Key Points:

The university and the federal government shared the costs of construction. The center bridges the gap between weather-related research while preparing students for the next generation of meteorology. The center literally makes Norman, Oklahoma, the weather capital of the nation and establishes OU as the nation's academic leader in meteorology.

University of Oklahoma

National Weather Center

Norman, OK

A joint effort between the University of Oklahoma and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Center is a state-of-the-art facility, designed for research, operations, education and training.

As general contractor, Boldt worked with Beck Associates and LAN/Daly architects to build the six-story, 244,000 sq. ft. center on a 22-acre site. We also self-performed concrete, steel and precast erection services.

Its exterior is made of face brick, architectural cast stone, metal-faced composite panels and glass curtain walls, and the center offers a rooftop experimental deck/classroom and an enclosed weather observatory.

The new National Weather Center, housing about 550 scientists and students, makes the University of Oklahoma the nation's academic leader in meteorology.