National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration National Center for Weather & Climate Prediction

Riverdale, MD
Owner: Opus East, LLC & General Services Administration
Architect: HOK / Opus / Vanderweil Engineers
Engineer: HOK / Opus / Vanderweil Engineers
Contract Value: $15 Million

The NOAA National Center for Weather & Climate Prediction project is a 280,000 square foot building located within M Square, a 130-acre research park adjacent to the University of Maryland on the property to the North of the USDA building in College Park.  This highly sustainable building will be built for LEED Silver certification along with 24/7 mission critical requirements.  The project also includes a parking garage that accommodates approximately 700 vehicles.

The mechanical system for this project begins with the utility plant that is located in the penthouse of the building.  The utility plant houses three large gas-fired hot water boilers and three large centrifugal chillers, among various other pieces of mechanical equipment.  Located on the adjacent roof are three cooling towers to support the utility plant.  Indoor air-handling units are located in the mechanical rooms throughout the building.  The AHU’s feed under-floor air distribution plenums which also contain fan-powered variable-air-volume boxes.  The auditorium is conditioned by a separate custom outdoor rooftop air-handling unit.

The plumbing systems consist of core restroom groups located through the building as well as a reverse-osmosis system that is located in the penthouse.  The reverse-osmosis system, as well as the gas piping systems, supports the lab facilities and HVAC equipment located throughout the building.