October 22, 2008
Roger Schwabacher, M. Arch '99, Senior Associate, HOK, is the lead designer for the new NOAA National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction.
The new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration building, located in the University of Maryland's M-Square Research and Technology Park in Riverdale Park, MD, is scheduled for completion in 2009.
The 280,000 square-foot office and research building will house 800 people and three major groups: NOAA's Satellite and Information Service, the National Centers for Environmental Protection (part of the National Weather Service) and the Air Resources Laboratory. The building will be the U.S. focal point for generating ocean and atmospheric forecasts, including hurricane forecasts.
The design features horizontal sunshades on the majority of the 600-foot-long canted and curved curtain wall on the south facade, green roofs, bio-retention areas, a rainwater-fed four-story waterfall, five-story triangular atrium and 500-seat auditorium. The project is tracking to receive LEED Silver certification.
Schwabacher (pictured right) states, "Our design is for an architecture that supports NOAA's scientific mission by symbolically reflecting its function in the form of the building. Natural systems do not operate in straight lines and thus the building is configured in a series of curving wings that intersect in the central atrium."
Click here to learn more about Schwabacher's work and his student experience at Maryland in the Alumni Profiles section.
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