The National Weather Center houses a unique confederation of University of Oklahoma, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state organizations that work together in partnership to improve understanding of events occurring in Earth’s atmosphere over a wide range of time and space scales.
- The National Weather Center sits on a 22-acre site on the NE corner of Jenkins and Highway 9 in Norman, Oklahoma.
- The building was designed by Beck – LAN/Daly, a joint venture between Beck Associates Architects and LAN/Daly. Oscar J. Boldt Company was the general contractor. Burns & MacDonnell Architects assisted in the development of NOAA program and facility requirements and construction oversight.
- Ground breaking was held in November 2002 and bids were taken in early Spring 2003. Construction began August 2003. The building opened in summer 2006, with a dedication on September 29, 2006.
- OU and NOAA, partner agencies of the NWC, have expended a total of $69 million to construct and occupy the building.
- The building is 250,000 square feet with five stories plus a rooftop outdoor classroom and enclosed weather observation deck.
- The exterior is made up of face brick, architectural cast stone, metal-faced composite panels, and glass curtain walls.
- The NWC houses about 550 people. This includes research scientists, operational meteorologists and climatologists, engineers, technicians, support staff, and graduate and undergraduate students.