The University of Oklahoma and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ~ National Weather Center

Norman, Oklahoma

Project Description

The University of Oklahoma and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration constructed the National Weather Center to provide a consolidated, state-of-the-art facility for research, operations, education and training. This building was constructed as the anchor facility for the new research campus – south of the University of Oklahoma.

The building is six stories in height with 244,000 sq. ft. of space. It includes a rooftop experimental deck and an enclosed weather observatory.

The exterior facade of the building is comprised of face brick, architectural cast stone, metal-faced composite panels, precast concrete and glass curtain walls. The interior design of the building represents the research, operations, education and training functions of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and University organizations.

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 Meterological Studies
  • Environmental verification and analysis center
  • Center for spatial analysis
  • International center for natural hazard and disaster research Include:
    • National severe storms laboratory
    • Storm Prediction Center
    • National Weather Service forecast office
    • Radar operations center-research and applications branch
    • ​Warning decision training branch

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Architect/Engineer

BECK + LAN, Daly Associates

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 makes Norman, Oklahoma the weather capital of the nation and establishes Oklahoma University as the nation’s academic leader in meteorology.
  • Boldt successfully bid this project and self-performed concrete, steel and precast erection services.