Mesa Laboratory Construction Records, 1959-1970 | National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives

By Kathleen Legg

Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1960-1967

Primary Creator: Belluschi, Pietro

Other Creators: Brockway, Waldo, Calhoun, John C., Cobb, Henry M., Greenwald, Robert, Harrell, William B., Kassander, A. Richard, Leonard, Eason H., Low, Robert J., Mason, John, Papachristou, Tician, Pei, Ieoh Ming, Rex, Daniel F., Roberts, Walter Orr, Roecker, Fred, Wolff, Edwin

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Folders are in alphabetical order, and within folders materials are arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 11/09/2009. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Architecture, Modern--21st century., Architecture--1960-1970., Architecture--America--History--21st century., Architecture--Colorado--Boulder, I.M. Pei & Associates, National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.)., Pei, Ieoh Ming, 1917-, Roberts, Walter Orr

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

Member, Planning Committee for National Center

Dean, School of Architecture and Planning,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Subject/Index Terms

Architecture, Modern--21st century.
Architecture--America--History--21st century.
I.M. Pei & Associates
National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.).
Pei, Ieoh Ming, 1917-
Roberts, Walter Orr

Administrative Information

Repository: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives

Accruals: Accrual, 4/2/2013, Contractors files and drawings donated by Richard Weldon via Joan Fisher, Administrative Assistant in CISL.

Access Restrictions: There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use Restrictions: Materials are not in the public domain.

Physical Access Note: The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.

Acquisition Source: Administrative Services, Physical Facilities

Acquisition Method: Received by internal transfer in the 1980s.

Appraisal Information: 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.

Related Materials: 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. For more information please see

Preferred Citation: [Item cited], [Title of collection], [Folder title], Archives, National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Processing Information: 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.

Other Note: Mesa Lab Construction Digital Collection

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Box and Folder Listing

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[Sub-Series 2: Drawings],

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