History of the Mesa Lab

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.


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Agenda and memos re: meetings to determine architects to build NCAR Mesa Lab.
Agenda and memos re: meetings to determine architects to build NCAR Mesa Lab.
Agenda for and memos about May 20-22, 1961 meetings of the UCAR Planning Committee and Deans of UCAR architectural schools to determine architects to approach to build the NCAR Mesa Laboratory.
Catering menu for May 1967 Dedication
Catering menu for May 1967 Dedication
Catering menu and costs for May 1967 Dedication 150-person reception.
Clip, Oral history interview with I.M. Pei
Clip, Oral history interview with I.M. Pei
I. M Pei describing the design process for the Mesa Laboratory. 1 cassette tape (ca. 3:54 minutes). UCAR/NCAR 16.
Clip, Oral history interview with Walter Orr Roberts
Clip, Oral history interview with Walter Orr Roberts
Walter Orr Roberts describing the design process for the Mesa Laboratory. 1 cassette tape (ca. 2:51 minutes). UCAR/NCAR 1-4.
Commemorative Program for NCAR Lab Dedication, May 1967
Commemorative Program for NCAR Lab Dedication, May 1967
Commemorative program for the NCAR Lab Dedication, May 9-10, 1967, including descriptions of NCAR's work, the building of the lab, a letter from Walter Orr Roberts, and photos and excerpts of speeches from the event.
Construction photo 107-1
Construction photo 107-1
Black and white photograph of concrete construction work on west side of the building.
Construction photo 107-10
Construction photo 107-10
Black and white photograph of scaffold and concrete construction work on east side of the center of the building.
Construction photo 107-3
Construction photo 107-3
Black and white photograph of concrete construction work on west side of the building.
Construction photo 107-4
Construction photo 107-4
Black and white photograph of concrete construction work on west side of the building.
Construction photo 107-6
Construction photo 107-6
Black and white photograph of scaffold and concrete construction work on southwest side of the building.
Construction photo 107-8
Construction photo 107-8
Black and white photograph of scaffold and concrete construction work on eastside of the building.
Construction photo 118-10
Construction photo 118-10
Black and white photograph of rebar and concrete construction work on southeast side of the building.

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