Building Green

NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction.
NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction.

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The NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) will be a “green” crown jewel of a new 50-acre section of the University of Maryland's M-Square Research and Technology Park, in College Park, Md.

Currently under construction, the NCWCP is designed to have environmentally-friendly features such as planted “green roofs", bio-retention areas, a storm water cistern to collect water for irrigation, and a four-story rainwater waterfall.

The building is a candidate for silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED™ Green Building Rating System, which sets standards for green buildings, verifying that the building is environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy for occupants.

Also, the NCWCP is being considered for approval as an “ENERGY STAR” building from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, verifying superior energy efficiency.

“Certainly this will be an employee-friendly building that brings environmentally sound conditions into everyone's office and will be equally inviting to visitors,” said Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., director, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

Other green features include:

NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction under construction.
NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction under construction.

High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)

The 268,762 square-foot office and research complex will provide work space for 800 people, including staff from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction; NOAA’s Satellite, Data, and Information Service; and NOAA’s Air Resources Laboratory. When finished in 2009, the center will be the U.S. focal point for ocean and atmospheric forecasts, including outlooks for the four seasons and hurricanes. NOAA logo.