University of Oklahoma Radar Innovations Laboratory

Norman, Oklahoma

GSB, Inc. provided full architectural services for the new Radar Innovations Laboratory on the south research campus at the University of Oklahoma. This state-of-the-art building is dedicated to advancing the University’s interdisciplinary radar research program. Researchers focus not only on weather radar systems, but also on technology for military and commercial applications. The facility enhances efforts to recruit prestigious international radar researchers. Vice President of Research & Professor of Meteorology, Dr. Robert Palmer, acknowledges, “There’s not another lab like this in the country. I believe OU has the best radar program in the United States, and now the best lab.”

The laboratory is LEED Certified. Sustainable features include:

  • Extensive use of daylighting
  • Regional and recycled materials
  • Appropriate solar orientation and shading
  • No new parking
  • Extensive LED lighting
  • HVLV fans to recirculate conditioned air
  •   100% wind power

 Highlights of the new facility include:

  • Microwave research lab
  • High-bay prototype assembly garage
  • Prototype fabrication lab
  • Machine shop
  • High and low frequency anechoic chambers
  • Rooftop research apparatus and experiment deck
  • An "Idea Room" to foster team collaboration and innovation

This project received a 2014 AGC Build Oklahoma Award and was featured in the  
2015 Educational Interiors Showcase issue of American School & University Magazine and
2015 Architectural Portfolio issue of American School & University Magazine.