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August 24, 2022

Transformation of Research and Facilities at NCAR RAF Offices and Laboratories

August 24th, 2022, Broomfield, CO

Milender White (MW) has completed the new two- story, 38,000 SF National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) facility in Broomfield, Colorado. The construction project, fully funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is NCAR’s sponsor, included the demolition of an existing building and new construction of a research facility including offices, labs, chemical storage rooms, warehouse, loading dock, conference & reception areas, and other employee amenities. The Research Aviation Facility (RAF) project also included the minor renovation of two existing adjacent airplane hangars connected to the new building. Site development added surface parking and a courtyard for enhancing employee and visitor’s overall experience.

MW partnered with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages the facility on behalf of NSF, and TreanorHL, Iconergy, and Wember Inc. in the delivery of the new facility. RAF was an occupied building site, so project leaders worked with the challenge of constructing with minimal impact on operations and maximum safety considerations for occupants. Additionally, aviation operations continued throughout construction, which required flawless scheduling, logistics planning, and safety considerations for all active flights.

Now that it is complete, the new facility provides state-of-the-art research capabilities for researchers at universities and other organizations across the U.S. NCAR will use the new facility to manage two research aircraft – a Gulfstream V and a C-130 –that it operates on behalf of NSF.  This new facility has transformed not only the landscape but the future of the atmospheric research process and opportunities for NSF, NCAR, UCAR, and their research partners.

Milender White is a full-service real estate company dedicated to delivering outstanding results on every project, unsurpassed service to clients, and superb career opportunities – with a total commitment to safety, quality, and integrity. We proudly deliver award-winning commercial and residential projects based on proven systems, advanced technology, and cutting-edge design development. MW takes pride in building inclusive projects that meet the needs of the city, and it strives to become part of the fabric of the communities in which it develops. MW is part of the Graham Group of Companies, headquartered in Calgary, AB. Together as One Graham, we provide our clients with a fully- integrated service offering that creates certainty and peace of mind throughout the entire project life cycle. Visit us at

TreanorHL is a full-service architectural firm providing solutions in architecture, interiors, planning, historic preservation, education, advanced industries, and more.   Inside high-tech laboratories, research facilities, and new learning environments, science is a fast-moving world. TreanorHL’s science and technology studio combines architecture, engineering, and complete laboratory and equipment planning capabilities with innovative and collaborative thinking. They plan, program, and design instructional and research facilities that keep pace with the changing realities of higher education. TreanorHL works together with clients to envision spaces that enable dynamic experiences for faculty members and students. Visit us at

NSF The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” NSF is vital because we support basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.

UCAR is a nonprofit consortium of more than 120 North American colleges and universities focused on research and training in the Earth system sciences. It manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research on behalf of the National Science Foundation. NCAR is a major facility funded by the National Science Foundation. UCAR is a hub for the Earth system sciences and a gateway to cutting-edge resources and services. Visit us at

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