Mount Washington Observatory near North Conway, New Hampshire is a world-class research laboratory for observing and monitoring weather conditions. The observatory is well known in part due to its unique location at the heart of some of the world’s most extreme weather conditions, including the highest ever recorded wind speed at 231 mph, annual snow fall of over 250 inches and temperatures that range from -47 F to 72 F.
When the observatory needed rolling doors that met extreme wind load requirements for its visitor’s center and transportation vehicle’s garage, they turned to the experts at
Overhead Door of Concord. Ron Hewitt, vice president, Overhead Door Co. of Concord, and Rich Sarno, technician, Overhead Door Co. of Concord, installed four
Stormtite™ Model 620 heavy duty rolling steel doors to allow visitors to have access to the observatory, and one Stormtite™ Model 625 rolling steel door to house and protect the observatory’s vehicles.
“My wife, Shirley, and I love hiking, and have hiked to the top of Mount Washington in the past,” said Hewitt. “That made this installation extra special for me. I never thought I would be installing doors up there.”
Overhead Door of Concord services the doors four times per year, scheduling visits for when the roads are passable and the building is not coated with ice.
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create Earth’s weather and climate. This weather station on the summit of Mount Washington performs weather and climate research and conducts innovative science education programs. For more information on the observatory, visit
Photo credits (top right photo): Karl Swenson/Mount Washington Observatory Photo
Published: September 16, 2015
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