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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 358

National Air and Space Museum

Contractors' Files, 1971-1977

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Air and Space Museum
Title: Contractors' Files
Dates: 1971-1977
Quantity: 53 cu. ft. (53 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 358
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This record unit documents the construction of the new Museum building, primarily documenting ground-breaking in 1972 until its opening in July 1976. The majority of the records were in the custody of the Building Management Division of the Museum, while a smaller amount came from the Smithsonian's Office of Design and Construction.

These records consist of bids, correspondence, employee lists, meeting reports, and architectural drawings and plans associated with the work of each contractor. Approximately half the records concern the work of the principal contractor, the Gilbane Building Company, while the remainder document the work of various other contractors dealing with foundations, structural steel, food service equipment, carpentry, and landscaping.

Descriptive Entry

These records document the construction of the new National Air and Space Museum (NASM) building, from ground-breaking in 1972 until opening in July 1976. The majority of the records were in the custody of the Building Management Division of the museum, while a smaller amount come from the Smithsonian's Office of Design and Construction.

These records consist of bids, correspondence, employee lists, meeting reports, and architectural drawings and plans associated with the work of each contractor. Approximately half the records concern the work of the principal contractor, the Gilbane Building Company, while the other half documents the work of various other contractors dealing with foundations, structural steel, food service equipment, carpentry, landscaping, and the like.

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Subject

Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 358, National Air and Space Museum, Contractors' Files

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Container List

Box 1

Water Main Relocation: Curtin and Johnson, Inc. (GS-00B-01322), 1976-1977 (9 folders)

Box 1 of 53

Metal Deck: Epic Metals Corporation (GS-00B-01346), 1975-1977 (9 folders)

Box 1 of 53

Box 2

Metal Deck: Epic Metals Corporation (GS-00B-01346), 1975-1977 (9 folders)

Box 2 of 53

Excavation: Morauer and Harzell, Inc. (GS-00B-01347), 1972-1976 (10 folders)

Box 2 of 53

Box 3

Excavation: Morauer and Harzell, Inc. (GS-00B-01347), 1972-1976 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 53

Foundation: Edward M. Crough, Inc. (GS-00B-01350), 1972-1976 (17 folders)

Box 3 of 53

Box 4

Foundation: Edward M. Crough, Inc. (GS-00B-01350), 1972-1976 (2 folders)

Box 4 of 53

Marble: Peter Bratti Associates, Inc. (GS-00B-01348), 1972-1975 (17 folders)

Box 4 of 53

Box 5

Marble: Peter Bratti Associates, Inc. (GS-00B-01348), 1972-1975 (20 folders)

Box 5 of 53

Box 6

Marble: Peter Bratti Associates, Inc. (GS-00B-01348), 1972-1975 (13 folders)

Box 6 of 53

Box 7

Marble: Peter Bratti Associates, Inc. (GS-00B-01348), 1972-1975 (2 folders)

Box 7 of 53

Structural Steel: Roanoke Iron & Bridge Works, Inc. (GS-00B-01349), 1972-1976 (14 folders)

Box 7 of 53

Box 8

Structural Steel: Roanoke Iron & Bridge Works, Inc. (GS-00B-01349), 1972-1976 (15 folders)

Box 8 of 53

Box 9

Structural Steel: Roanoke Iron & Bridge Works, Inc. (GS-00B-01349), 1972-1976 (14 folders)

Box 9 of 53

Box 10

Structural Steel: Roanoke Iron & Bridge Works, Inc. (GS-00B-01349), 1972-1976 (14 folders)

Box 10 of 53

Box 11

Structural Steel: Roanoke Iron & Bridge Works, Inc. (GS-00B-01349), 1972-1976

Box 11 of 53

Window Wall: Cupples Production Division (GS-00B-01351), 1972-1975 (15 folders)

Box 11 of 53

Box 12

Window Wall: Cupples Production Division (GS-00B-01351), 1972-1975 (4 folders)

Box 12 of 53

Concrete Slabs: The Piracci Corporation (GS-00B-01358), 1972-1976 (10 folders)

Box 12 of 53

Box 13

Concrete Slabs: The Piracci Corporation (GS-00B-01358), 1972-1976 (5 folders)

Box 13 of 53

Roofing and Sheet Metal: Commercial Roofing and Sheet Metal Co., (GS-00B-01353), 1972-1975 (3 folders)

Box 13 of 53

Masonry: The Sherman R. Smoot Company (GS-00B-01354), 1972-1975 (8 folders)

Box 13 of 53

Roofing and Masonry Blueprints (2 folders)

Box 13 of 53

Box 14

Roofing and Masonry Blueprints (8 folders)

Box 14 of 53

Mechanical: Limbach Company (GS-00B-01355), 1973-1976 (10 folders)

Box 14 of 53

Box 15

Mechanical: Limbach Company (GS-00B-01355), 1973-1976 (15 folders)

Box 15 of 53

Box 16

Mechanical: Limbach Company (GS-00B-01355), 1973-1976 (16 folders)

Box 16 of 53

Box 17

Mechanical: Limbach Company (GS-00B-01355), 1973-1976 (14 folders)

Box 17 of 53

Box 18

Mechanical: Limbach Company (GS-00B-01355), 1973-1976 (12 folders)

Box 18 of 53

Electrical: Singleton Electric Company (GS00B-01356), 1972-1976 (3 folders)

Box 18 of 53

Box 19

Electrical: Singleton Electric Company (GS00B-01356), 1972-1976 (16 folders)

Box 19 of 53

Box 20

Electrical: Singleton Electric Company (GS00B-01356), 1972-1976 (14 folders)

Box 20 of 53

Box 21

Electrical: Singleton Electric Company (GS00B-01356), 1972-1976 (2 folders)

Box 21 of 53

Elevator: Otis Elevator Company (GS-00B-01357), 1972-1976 (13 folders)

Box 21 of 53

Box 22

Elevator: Otis Elevator Company (GS-00B-01357), 1972-1976 (3 folders)

Box 22 of 53

Ornamental Iron: Criss Brothers, Inc. (GS-00B-01359), 1973-1976 (13 folders)

Box 22 of 53

Box 23

Ornamental Iron: Criss Brothers, Inc. (GS-00B-01359), 1973-1976 (6 folders)

Box 23 of 53

Painting: Clifton D. Mayhew, Inc. (GS-00B-01360), 1973-1976 (7 folders)

Box 23 of 53

Partitions: Krafft-Murphy Company (GS-00B-01363), 1973-1976 (4 folders)

Box 23 of 53

Box 24

Partitions: Krafft-Murphy Company (GS-00B-01363), 1973-1976 (15 folders)

Box 24 of 53

Box 25

Partitions: Krafft-Murphy Company (GS-00B-01363), 1973-1976 (3 folders)

Box 25 of 53

Food Service Equipment: The Sheris Company (GS-00B-01364), 1973-1976 (12 folders)

Box 25 of 53

Box 26

Food Service Equipment: The Sheris Company (GS-00B-01364), 1973-1976 (5 folders)

Box 26 of 53

Graphics: Cummings and Company (GS00B-01365), 1971-1976 (10 folders)

Box 26 of 53

Box 27

Graphics: Cummings and Company (GS00B-01365), 1971-1976 (3 folders)

Box 27 of 53

Spacearium Dome: Astro-Tec Manufacturing, Inc. (GS-00B-01366), 1973-1975 (4 folders)

Box 27 of 53

Landscape: Nekossa Contracting Corporation (GS-00B-01368), 1972-1976 (9 folders)

Box 27 of 53

Box 28

Landscape: Nekossa Contracting Corporation (GS-00B-01368), 1972-1976

Box 28 of 53

Carpet: Washington Carpet Sales Corporation (GS-00B-028971), 1973-1976 (4 folders)

Box 28 of 53

Spacearium Seating: American Seating Company (GS-00B-01371), 1974-1976

Box 28 of 53

Auditorium Seating: Haywood-Wakefield Company (GS-00B-01370), 1974-1975 (2 folders)

Box 28 of 53

Carpentry: The Piracci Corporation (GS-00B-01361), 1973-1975 (9 folders)

Box 28 of 53

Box 29

Carpentry: The Piracci Corporation (GS-00B-01361), 1973-1975 (16 folders)

Box 29 of 53

Box 30

Carpentry: The Piracci Corporation (GS-00B-01361), 1973-1975 (7 folders)

Box 30 of 53

Daily Activity Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (10 folders)

Box 30 of 53

Box 31

Daily Activity Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (16 folders)

Box 31 of 53

Box 32

Daily Activity Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (16 folders)

Box 32 of 53

Box 33

Daily Activity Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (16 folders)

Box 33 of 53

Box 34

Daily Activity Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (13 folders)

Box 34 of 53

Floating Machine Room Floors, 1974

Box 34 of 53

Membrane Vaporproofing, 1973-1974

Box 34 of 53

Joseph Davisson: Correspondence, 1974-1976 (2 folders)

Box 34 of 53

Mervyn J. Grills: Correspondence, 1974-1976

Box 34 of 53

Georgia Marble Company, 1972-1975

Box 34 of 53

General Services Administration: Correspondence, 1972-1976

Box 34 of 53

General Services Administration: Specifications List, 1971

Box 34 of 53

Gilbane Building Company: Correspondence with GSA (General Services Administration), 1972-1975

Box 34 of 53

David A. Lingrell: Correspondence, 1975-1976

Box 34 of 53

Contract Award Schedule, 1972

Box 34 of 53

Progress Reports, 1972-1975

Box 34 of 53

Labor Guidelines, 1972-1974

Box 34 of 53

Box 35

Marvin I. Shenkler: Correspondence, 1972-1975

Box 35 of 53

Monthly Construction Reports, 1972-1973

Box 35 of 53

Master Schedule Bar Charts, 1972-1973

Box 35 of 53

General Services Administration: Meetings, 1972-1974

Box 35 of 53

Meetings: Hellmuth, Obata, & Kassabaum, Inc., 1972-1973

Box 35 of 53

Correspondence with Smithsonian Institution, 1972-1975

Box 35 of 53

Spacearium Dome, 1973-1975

Box 35 of 53

Storage Issues, 1973-1974

Box 35 of 53

Meeting Minutes re: Telephones, 1972

Box 35 of 53

Traffic Conditions, 1972

Box 35 of 53

Gilbane Building Company: Trailers, 1972

Box 35 of 53

Washington Council for Equal Business, 1974

Box 35 of 53

Water Main, 1972

Box 35 of 53

Waterproofing Specifications, 1971

Box 35 of 53

Marble Work Contract, 1972-1973

Box 35 of 53

Monthly Reports (Project No. 845), 1975-1976

Box 35 of 53

Correspondence (general), 1972-1976

Box 35 of 53

Final Inspection Reports, 1975-1976

Box 35 of 53

Gilbane Building Company: Job Site, 1975

Box 35 of 53

National Capital Planning, 1972-1973

Box 35 of 53

NASM Construction Budget, 1973-1975

Box 35 of 53

NASM Occupancy Plans, 1975

Box 35 of 53

NASM Publicity, 1973

Box 35 of 53

Pre-Construction Conference, 1972-1975

Box 35 of 53

Permits, 1972-1973

Box 35 of 53

Final Inspection: First Floor, 1975

Box 35 of 53

Final Inspection: Second Floor, 1975

Box 35 of 53

Final Inspection: Third Floor, 1975

Box 35 of 53

General Services Administration: Contracts, 1973

Box 35 of 53

General Services Administration: Inspection

Box 35 of 53

Construction Research Lab, 1974

Box 35 of 53

Construction Bid Changes, 1973

Box 35 of 53

Defect and Omission Lists, 1974-1975 (5 folders)

Box 35 of 53

Board of Contracts Appeals, 1974

Box 35 of 53

Concrete Slabs, 1973-1975 (3 folders)

Box 35 of 53

Waterproofing Contract, 1973

Box 35 of 53

Box 36

Robert E. Flore: Correspondence, 1973-1976 (4 folders)

Box 36 of 53

Gilbane Building Company: Incoming Correspondence, 1973-1975 (5 folders)

Box 36 of 53

Special Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1973-1976

Box 36 of 53

Schedules: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1974

Box 36 of 53

Meeting Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1975

Box 36 of 53

CPM Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1975 (11 folders)

Box 36 of 53

Box 37

CPM Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1975

Box 37 of 53

Box 38

CPM Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1975

Box 38 of 53

Box 39

CPM Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1975

Box 39 of 53

Box 40

CPM Reports: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1975 (4 folders)

Box 40 of 53

CPM Calendars

Box 40 of 53

Superceded Drawings: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972 (6 folders)

Box 40 of 53

Box 41

Superceded Drawings: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972 (15 folders)

Box 41 of 53

Box 42

Superceded Drawings: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972 (14 folders)

Box 42 of 53

Box 43

Superceded Drawings: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972 (13 folders)

Box 43 of 53

Construction Estimates: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (CE 1-8)

Box 43 of 53

Box 44

Construction Estimates: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (CE 9-87)

Box 44 of 53

Box 45

Construction Estimates: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (CE 88-159)

Box 45 of 53

Box 46

Construction Estimates: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (CE 160-263)

Box 46 of 53

Box 47

Construction Estimates: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (CE 264-394)

Box 47 of 53

Box 48

Construction Estimates: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (CE 395-490)

Box 48 of 53

Box 49

Construction Estimates: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (CE 1001-1070; CE 2001-2020)

Box 49 of 53

Box 50

Construction Estimates: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1976 (CE 2021-2037; CE 9001-9014)

Box 50 of 53

Contractors CPM Files: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1975 (23 folders)

Box 50 of 53

Box 51

Contractors CPM Files: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1975

Box 51 of 53

Construction Bulletin: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1972-1974 (14 folders)

Box 51 of 53

Box 52

Construction Bulletin: Gilbane Building Company (GS-00B-00912), 1974-1975 (12 folders)

Box 52 of 53

Marvin I. Shenkler: Correspondence, 1972-1975 (2 folders)

Box 52 of 53

Box 53

Resident Engineer's Diary, 1976-1977

Box 53 of 53

Le Messurier Associates, Inc., 1972-1976 (2 folders)

Box 53 of 53

Gilbane Building Company: Incoming Correspondence, 1972-1976 (2 folders)

Box 53 of 53

Gilbane Building Company: Outgoing Correspondence, 1972-1976 (2 folders)

Box 53 of 53

District of Columbia Council, 1972

Box 53 of 53

Department of Highways and Traffic, 1973-1974

Box 53 of 53

Dodge Reports, 1972-1973

Box 53 of 53

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program, 1972-1973

Box 53 of 53

Manufacture Guarantees, 1975

Box 53 of 53

T. F. Gilbane: Correspondence, 1974-1975

Box 53 of 53

D. C. Courthouse Job, 1975

Box 53 of 53

Raymond E. Fountaine, 1976

Box 53 of 53

GSA Projects and Procedures

Box 53 of 53

Wall Elevation Project, 1973

Box 53 of 53

Aetna Casualty and Surety, 1972-1975

Box 53 of 53

Construction Projects (general), 1973-1977

Box 53 of 53