October 2012 - Government announces opening of new NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in Riverdale, Maryland
October 2012 - The Federal government has officially opened the new, world-class NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in Riverdale, Maryland. On October 15, 2012, acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and other federal and state officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new center on University of Maryland grounds to announce the new programs and collaborations the facility will support. In December 2011 – less than a year before opening – Bostonia Group closed on $71,525,000 in construction and permanent financing for the simultaneous purchase of First Mortgage note out of bankruptcy and Credit Tenant Lease transaction for the GSA on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in order for a new developer to complete constructio nof the building.
The 268,000 square-foot building is home to more than 800 employees of NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate Prediction who provide the nation with a broad range of environmental services – from predicting the hurricane season and El Niño/La Niña to forecasting ocean currents and large-scale rin and snow storms. Billions of earth observations from around the world flow through environmental models, developed and managed in the new building, that support the nation’s weather forecasts. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources.
For more information on the opening of the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, please see the press release on the NOAA website.