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22 October 2012

Video: Roger Schwabacher on NOAA’s New Center for Weather and Climate Prediction

Roger Schwabacher, an architect in HOK’s Washington, DC, office, appeared on live TV to talk about NOAA’s new 268,000-sq.-ft. Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Md.

On the design:

“We designed the building as a series of cascading, fluid waves. We wanted to capture the feeling of motion and we wanted the NOAA researchers to connect the form of the building to the natural forms that they study every day.”

On the many sustainable design features:

“We really wanted the NOAA researchers to connect to the national environment around them as they are doing this research on the weather and climate. We have green roofs on two-thirds of the roof surface. … This helps insulate the building, creates natural habitats for wildlife, and stops rainwater from going into the stormwater system.”

Via FOX 5 TV - WTTG Washington, DC