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Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology


Directions to OFCM

OFCM is located within the NOAA Silver Spring campus, which is comprised of four buildings (SSMC1, SSMC2, SSMC3 and SSMC4) located at the intersection of Colesville Road and East-West Highway. It is an easy walk from the Silver Spring Metro Station. Limited parking is available under the four building complex, in garage 58, P3 on this location sheet (The location sheet requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.). Other public lots are available at locations P1 (Cameron and 2nd Avenue Garage, 8530 Cameron Street) and P2 (Bonifant-Dixon Garage, 1101 Bonifant Drive).

There are also private parking garages near the NOAA campus. A map of private parking, along with pricing, can be found here.


Take the Red Line to Silver Spring. If you are coming from downtown Washington, DC, take the escalator steps toward the back of the train. If you're coming South from Wheaton, take the escalator steps toward the front of the train. Continue out of the station turning toward the left. Walking under the train tracks, to the left diagonally across the court yard and the entry point to 1325 (SSMC2) is the main rotating door on the left between the two buildings. A map showing the path from the metro is located here.


There are two routes from the Beltway:

Take exit 30-B, US-29/Colesville Road, south to Silver Spring. Follow Colesville Road in the center lane until you reach downtown Silver Spring and cross Georgia Avenue, then merge into the left lane. The next street is East-West Highway, Route 410. Make a left at the light onto East-West Highway. At the third building with the "Hand" in front, make a left into Garage 58.

Or take exit 31-B, MD-97S/Georgia Avenue, south to Colesville Road. Turn right onto Colesville Road into the left lane. Make a left at the third light onto East-West Highway. At the third building, with the "Hand" in front, make a left into Garage 58.

Click here for point-to-point directions.


Visitors may be admitted with an escort during business hours (6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.), after signing in with the Security Officer at the desk. Arrangements for an escort must be made in advance. The visitor must provide the Security Officer a valid photo identification and destination. Valid identification may be a Driver's License, employer identification or other photo ID*. They will be required to process through the walk-through magnetometer and have their items x-rayed or searched. The visitor(s) will be issued a one-day Visitor badge. All visitors must sign-in with the Security Officer at the desk upon arrival and return the Visitor badge to the Security desk when departing the building for the day. NOTE: Visitors must wear their Visitor badge on their outer garment, above the waist, at all times while in NOAA facilities.

*Information on REAL ID Act non-compliant states is available here.