West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center

Location: Palmer, Alaska

Client: Department of Commerce Central Administration Support Center, National Oceanic& Atmospheric Administration

Completion Date: 2003

Burns & McDonnell was responsible for the design and construction phase services of a new high performance green building to replace the current aging facilities of the National Weather Service's West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, Palmer, Alaska.

This effort resulted in the first LEED™ certified building for NOAA and the National Weather Service. The new facility will enable better performance of the agency's life-saving mission of providing tsunami warnings for the West Coast of the United States and Alaska.

This building was designed and constructed according to the strict standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) criteria and serves as a model for sustainable buildings everywhere. The Burns & McDonnell design has been rigorously judged by the U.S. Green Building Council, and it has determined that this building is an outstanding example of sustainable design and has awarded this project the level of LEED Certified. This is one of the first 85 buildings in the country to achieve this honor, and it was the first building in Alaska to be LEED certified.

  • Tsunami Warning Center design
  • LEED™ certification
  • Water conservation
  • Energy conservation
  • Recycled materials
  • Indoor air quality