Tsunami Warning Center

Tsunami Warning Center

Location: Palmer, Alaska

Client: National Weather Service

Burns & McDonnell provided design and construction-phase services for a new high performance “green” building to replace aging facilities. The result was the first LEED®-certified building for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service. The facility enables better performance of the organization’s life-saving mission. This is one of the first 85 buildings in the country to achieve LEED certification, and the first in the state. Environmental measures and sustainable design features incorporated in the design, construction and operation of the facility include:

  • Erosion control plan specific to climate and terrain
  • Bicycle-friendly features such as bike racks, showers and changing rooms
  • Site selected unusable for farming, parks, wetlands or endangered species habitat
  • Natural vegetation restored post-construction
  • Exterior lighting designed to avoid impact off property and interference with bird migration
  • Native vegetation for landscaping
  • Nonpotable water use for irrigation
  • Water conserving interior fixtures
  • High efficiency systems and controls
  • Recycled material use and storage
  • Indoor air quality measures
  • Access to exterior views