Our Facilities

Imagine driving or biking a scenic and peaceful road towards the majestic Flatirons at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Our Mesa Lab employees enjoy the pristine beauty of evergreen trees, wildflowers, and grazing deer as they ascend the mesa road each morning. From the plateau at the base of the building you can see a panoramic view of the Boulder area and the spacious landscape of the Great Plains as it spreads out before you.

Architect I.M. Pei designed this landmark facility in 1963, and construction was completed in 1966. This lab includes our Visitor Center, featuring interactive scientific exhibits. Thousands of school children and other groups take free tours each year. The Mesa Lab provides space for scientific divisions and programs.

The Foothills Lab's park-like campus is located in northeast Boulder and features convenient parking and accessibility to both Highway 36 and the Longmont Diagonal Highway (Hwy. 119). Walking and biking trails surround this lab, and employees enjoy watching small aircraft and gliders as they land at the nearby Boulder Airport.

Just across the street from Foothills Lab is our Center Green facility. This spacious campus offers comfortable office space and a Corporate Technical Training Center where employees can complete classes through our Employee and Organizational Development program. This state-of-the-art, computer-based training lab is available for use by any UCAR employee. A large auditorium and smaller breakout rooms provide meeting and conference space.

The Research Aviation Facility is located at the Rocky Mountain Airport in nearby Broomfield. Employees at this location support the aviation projects that are an important part of the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL).

Wyoming is home to the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC), our newest facility for computational science and supercomputing for the scientific community. Located a few miles west of Cheyenne, in the North Range Business Park, the NWSC has a public visitor
area, an internal courtyard, and nearby walking trails.

Employees at our Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring, Maryland, venues work in conjunction with federal agencies. Sixty employees at these two locations participate in our Visiting Scientist Programs (VSP) and Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS).

The Mesa and Foothills Labs include these features:

  • Libraries offer a comprehensive selection of scientific publications for easy access by our staff.
  • Employees enjoy our fitness centers, which┬áinclude exercise equipment, regularly scheduled fitness classes, and convenient shower and locker facilities.
  • Our employee cafeterias feature a wide variety of wholesome breakfast and lunch menu items.
  • Postal, shipping, and banking services are available as personal services to help staff save time and energy.

Directions to our facilities: http://www2.ucar.edu/contact-us

Public and school tours: http://www.ucar.edu/educ_outreach/visit/