Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 640
Smithsonian Institution. Office of Design and Construction
In 1981 the Office of Design and Construction (ODC) was created from the Office of Facilities Planning and Engineering Services (OFPES). OFPES was the successor organization to the Buildings Management Department (BMD).
Phillip K. Reiss was Director, ODC, 1981- . The Office consisted of four branches: Planning, Design, Construction, and Visual Communications. In 1984 the Visual Communications branch was moved under the administration of the Office of Plant Services.
These records were maintained by James M. Murphy. He served as Chief Engineer, Engineering and Construction Branch, BMD, 1964-1974; Chief, Engineering and Design Branch, OFPES, 1974-1977; Chief, Facilities Data Branch, OFPES, 1978-1980; Supervisory Engineer, ODC, 1981; and Quality Control Senior Engineer, ODC, 1982- .
This record unit primarily documents the Arts and Industries Building renovation and restoration project, 1972-1976, of which Murphy was the supervisor. Materials include project memoranda, budget and cost analysis, progress reports, press information kits, blueprints, and photographs. Also included in this collection are administrative office memoranda, budgets, reading files, a progress report on the 2324 Massachusetts Avenue house renovation project (1964-1965), records documenting the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden construction, and projects involving miscellaneous other Smithsonian facilities.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Murphy, James M.
- Reiss, Philip K.
- Smithsonian Institution. Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations
- Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)
- Smithsonian Institution. Buildings Management Department
- Smithsonian Institution. Office of Plant Services
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- Smithsonian buildings
- Buildings -- Maintenance
- Buildings -- Repair and reconstruction
- Museum buildings
- Architectural design
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 640, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Design and Construction, Records