One of 121 Weather Forecast Offices established by the National Weather Service throughout the United States, this structure is capable of withstanding a Category 5 hurricane and includes an upper air helium weather balloon launch tower. The building is located within the mid-city area and features a public reception area with weather forecasters available on staff. Shutters over windows close during storms, revealing panels of “hurricane red” as a warning to residents. The facility was awarded a LEED Silver rating for its environmentally sustainable design.
Program: 7,000 SF, including safe room against tornado impacts.
LEED Silver Rating
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple + Guidry Beazley, Architects, John Anderson Project Architect + LEED AP