UCAR and NCAR Renew Contract

Many people are aware of NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) here in Boulder, Colorado due to the rather famous building designed by I.M. Pei in the early 1960’s, which can be seen from just about anywhere in town.

What most folks don’t know is that NCAR is managed by UCAR (The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research). I learned this a few years ago, and while I probably could have worked it out before then, it took having a client who moved here from Canada for a job at UCAR to bring it to my attention.

Technically, the renewed contract is with the National Science Foundation, which provides up to $800 million from the foundation to facilitate UCAR managing NCAR.

There’s some great stuff behind all of this for the Boulder community.

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NCAR and UCAR have offices, labs and facilities in different parts of Boulder, not just up on the hill to the west of Fairview High School. You can see the shuttles running all over the city on any given day.

The Mesa Lab Visitor Center is open to the public 363 days a year and offers free exhibits about weather and climate, guided and self-guided tours, a gallery featuring local artists, an outdoor weather trail, and more. This location has two buildings: our flagship Mesa Lab (ML) and the Fleishmann Building (FB); FB is located to the north of the parking lot (on the left when driving in).

The site originally was slated to have a second lab building that would essentially replicate the look, feel and size of the Mesa Lab ‘tower’, but it has never been built.

The unfinished concrete forms were intended to mimic the surrounding rocks and landscape color, and the reddish-brown walls were used in an effort to help the facility look more like a part of the landscape and to perhaps blend in with the nearby Flatirons formations.

In fact sand which was ground from a nearby quarry was added to the concrete. It’s said that I.M. Pei found inspiration for the design from the forms of Anasazi cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park in south western Colorado.

UCAR and NCAR staff includes somewhere around 1,400 workers, contributing about $420 million to the state’s economy in 2012 and supports (either directly or indirectly) in excess of 3,000 jobs.

Zachary Epps, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®, Eco-Broker®, full-time RE/MAX professional, and author of

The Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide 

The Boulder Condo Guide 

The Home Buyer’s Handbook

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