This collection includes correspondence, memos, design specifications, and budgets related to the design and construction of the Mesa Laboratory. Materials document the site selection committee, selection of an architect, bidding process for contractors, internal discussions on design and space allocation, interior design, and the dedication ceremony.
Select materials from this collection have been digitized and are available in the NCAR Library's digital repository, OpenSky.
Folders are in alphabetical order, and within folders materials are arranged chronologically.
Physical Access Requirements
The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.
Records were transferred to the Archives from Administrative Services, Physical Facilities and collated together as a collection in the 1990s.
Source of Acquisition
Administrative Services, Physical Facilities
Method of Acquisition
Received by internal transfer in the 1980s.
In 1987, the archivist transferred the portfolios from architectural and engineering firms interested in designing and constructing the Mesa Laboratory to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Office furniture catalogs, issue of architectural journals, and duplicate correspondence were destroyed. In 1988, resumes, proposals, and copies of GSA form 254 (Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire) were also sent to the AIA.
Accruals and Additions
Accrual, 4/2/2013, Contractors files and drawings donated by Richard Weldon via Joan Fisher, Administrative Assistant in CISL.
Selections from the Mesa Laboratory Construction Records are available electronically in OpenSky, the NCAR Library's digital repository. The Physical Facilities Services Records contain similar materials as well as records related to other UCAR/NCAR buildings and facilities. http://opensky.library.ucar.edu/search/?ky=mesalab
Construction change orders and checks issued to I.M. Pei and Associates were sampled. Many duplicate records were found in the collection and were destroyed. Routine correspondence detailing travel arrangements, travel authorizations, and scheduling meetings were removed and destroyed. The original order was altered to create a more accessible collection; records were grouped together according to original purpose.