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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 08-163

National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director

Discovery Center/West Court Renovation Records, 1966-2004

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director
Title: Discovery Center/West Court Renovation Records
Dates: 1966-2004
Quantity: 20.5 cu. ft. (20 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Accession 08-163
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession documents the National Museum of Natural History building West Court renovation and Discovery Center project. The Discovery Center, funded by the Discovery Channel, features an IMAX theater with a six-story-high screen for 2-D and 3-D movies, a six-story Atrium Cafe with a food court, and expanded museum shops. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, architectural drawings and specifications, and related materials.

Descriptive Entry

This accession documents the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) building West Court renovation and Discovery Center project. The Discovery Center, funded by the Discovery Channel, features an IMAX theater with a six-story-high screen for 2-D and 3-D movies, a six-story Atrium Cafe with a food court, and expanded museum shops. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, proposals, architectural drawings and specifications, and related materials.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-163, National Museum of Natural History. Office of the Director, Discovery Center/West Court Renovation Records

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Container List

Box 1

West Court (W.C.) Management Personnel - 1-001-1 to 1-004-32 (31 folders)

Box 1 of 21

Discovery Center (W.C.) and Smithsonian Contracts/Agreements - 1-101 to 1-107 (6 folders)

Box 1 of 21

Administrative Issues - 1-505

Box 1 of 21

Board of Regents Actions and Congressional Actions - 2-005 to 2-031 (28 folders)

Box 1 of 21

Executive Committee Actions - 3-000 to 3-055 (40 folders)

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NMNH Board Actions - 4-000 to 4-026 (10 folders)

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Core Team Actions - 5-000 to 5-035 (44 folders)

Box 1 of 21

Box 2

Core Team Actions - 5-036 to 5-051 (18 folders)

Box 2 of 21

Film Development Committee/Distribution & Film Development - 6-001 to 6-047 (29 folders)

Box 2 of 21

Audio Visual Committee - 7-000 to 7-031 (31 folders)

Box 2 of 21

Education Committee Actions And Issues - 8-015 and 8-018 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 21

Discovery Room - 9-000 to 9-019-4 (20 folders)

Box 2 of 21

Box 3

Discovery Room - 9-020-1 to 9-049 (30 folders)

Box 3 of 21

Cafeteria Committee - 10-000 to 10-012 (10 folders)

Box 3 of 21

Sponsor/Donor Actions and Agreements - 11-005 to 11-013 (7 folders)

Box 3 of 21

Consulting Services - 12-000 to 12-043 (21 folders)

Box 3 of 21

Financial Reports and Studies - 13-005 to 13-069 (72 folders)

Box 3 of 21

Box 4

Financial Reports and Studies - 13-070 to 13-208 (146 folders)

Box 4 of 21

Contracts/Grants - 14-015 to 14-028 (14 folders)

Box 4 of 21

Relocation/Closing/Demolition Issues - 15-005 to 15-027 (20 folders)

Box 4 of 21

Box 5

Relocation/Closing/Demolition Issues - 15-028 to 15-138 (137 folders)

Box 5 of 21

Design/Construction/Building - 16-010 to 16-067-1 (55 folders)

Box 5 of 21

Box 6

Design/Construction/Building - 16-068 to 16-211 (191 folders)

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Box 7

Design/Construction/Building - 16-212 to 16-222 (13 folders)

Box 7 of 21

Discovery Center/West Court Construction - Charles H. Tompkins (CHT) Builders - 16-500 to 16-551 (61 folders)

Box 7 of 21

Design/Construction/Building - 16-553 to 16-574 (23 folders)

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Office of Protection Services (OPS) Renovation and Operations - 16-1000 to 16-1009 (12 folders)

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Museum Shop Issues - 17-000 to 17-030 (18 folders)

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Box 8

Museum Shop Issues - 17-031 to 17-128 (14 folders)

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Museum Restaurant Issues - 18-005 to 18-089 (84 folders)

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Box 9

Museum Restaurant Issues - 18-090/91 to 18-097 (7 folders)

Box 9 of 21

Large Format Film Issues/Companies - 19-001 to 19-110 (91 folders)

Box 9 of 21

Theater Operations - 19-250 to 19-269 (24 folders)

Box 9 of 21

Large Format Film Issues/Companies - 19-270 to 19-305 (41 folders)

Box 9 of 21

Theater Film Operations - 19-400 to 19-441-002 (51 folders)

Box 9 of 21

Box 10

Theater Film Operations - 19-442 to 19-447 (15 folders)

Box 10 of 21

Vendors/Film Titles - 20-071 to 20-244 (90 folders)

Box 10 of 21

Discovery Center Ticketing System and Automatic Teller/Ticket Machines (ATM) - 21-005 to 21-026 (22 folders)

Box 10 of 21

IMAX Issues/Correspondence - 22-001 to 22-012 (10 folders)

Box 10 of 21

Box 11

IMAX Issues/Correspondence - 22-013 to 22-082 (66 folders)

Box 11 of 21

IWERKS Issues/Correspondence - 23-005 to 23-026 (11 folders)

Box 11 of 21

HGA - Hummel Green and Abrahamson, Inc. - 24-001 to 24-011 (11 folder)

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Box 12

HGA - 24-012 to 24-101 (138 folders)

Box 12 of 21

Box 13

West Court Design Team - 25-000 to 25-041 (44 folders)

Box 13 of 21

Soames Summer Hays - 26-010 to 26-029 (22 folders)

Box 13 of 21

Chris Parsons - 27-010 to 27-029 (22 folders)

Box 13 of 21

Project Schedules/Time Lines - 28-010 to 28-019 (11 folders)

Box 13 of 21

Marketing / Public Relations - 29-009 to 29-100 (98 folders)

Box 13 of 21

Box 14

Marketing / Public Relations - 29-101 to 29-106 (4 folders)

Box 14 of 21

Discovery Center Status/Decision Documents - 30-000 to 30-021 (23 folders)

Box 14 of 21

Associated Projects - 31-001 to 31-109 (107 folders)

Box 14 of 21

Discovery Communications, Inc. - 32-001 to 32-004 (4 folders)

Box 14 of 21

Galapagos - 33-050 to 33-121 (26 folders)

Box 14 of 21

Business Group - 34-005 to 34-009 (5 folders)

Box 14 of 21

D.C. Department of Employment Services - 35-001 to 35-015 (16 folders)

Box 14 of 21

Box 15

D.C. Department of Employment Services - 35-016 to 35-017 (2 folders)

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Miscellaneous - 36-005 to 36-014 (11 folders)

Box 15 of 21

3D Theater Group - 37-001 to 37-006 (6 folders)

Box 15 of 21

Large Format Cinema Association - 38-001 to 38-015 (10 folders)

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Ridge View Glass - 40-000 to 40-001 (2 folders)

Box 15 of 21

Miscellaneous Budget and Financial Information - 42-001 (3 folders)

Box 15 of 21

Budget and Expense Information

Excell - All Funds

Box 15 of 21

Budget Materials

Box 15 of 21

Budget #1

Box 15 of 21

Budget #2

Box 15 of 21

Budget #3

Box 15 of 21

Budget #4

Box 15 of 21

Budget #5

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Budget

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Box 16

Budget (continued)

Box 16 of 21

Charges to West Court - Cost Break-outs

Box 16 of 21

Museum Shops

Box 16 of 21

Miscellaneous Information, Including Budget and Financial Information

43-000 - West Court Project (4 folders)

Box 16 of 21

Budget (2 folder)

Box 16 of 21

Discovery Room

Box 16 of 21

Discovery Center

Box 16 of 21

Budget

Box 16 of 21

Budget Information, FY 2000

Box 16 of 21

Budget Information

Box 16 of 21

FY 2002 Budget

Box 16 of 21

1999 Budget Request, including $5 million federal funds for Discovery Center

Box 16 of 21

Miscellaneous Information, Including Budget and Financial Information - 44-001 to 44-004 (4 folders)

Box 16 of 21

Box 17

Miscellaneous Information, Including Budget and Financial Information - 44-005-1 to 44-022 (19 folders)

Box 17 of 21

Miscellaneous Information, Including Budget and Financial Information - 45-001 to 45-021 (22 folders)

Box 17 of 21

Architectural Designs

Concept Design, March 28, 1995

Box 17 of 21

Schematic Design, June 30, 1995

Box 17 of 21

Box 18

Schematic Design, June 30, 1995

Box 18 of 21

Discovery Center Lobby at Evans Gallery (Phase 3), November 6, 1995

Box 18 of 21

West Court Hazardous Material Abatement, January 12, 1996

Box 18 of 21

West Court Office Relocations, July 20, 1995 (3 folders)

Box 18 of 21

Museum Shops at Evans Gallery, November 3, 1995

Box 18 of 21

95% Documents - Response to 60% Document Comments, March 26, 1996 (2 folders)

Box 18 of 21

Discovery Center Signage Program - Message Schedule, March 22, 1996

Box 18 of 21

95% Documents - Mechanical & Electrical Specifications, Book 2, March 26, 1996

Box 18 of 21

95% Documents - Mechanical & Electrical Specifications, Book 3, March 26, 1996

Box 18 of 21

95% Documents - Mechanical & Electrical Specifications, Book 4, March 26, 1996

Box 18 of 21

Feasibility Study: 3-D Large-Format Film Theater by HGA, April 5, 1991 (2 folders)

Box 18 of 21

Draft Market Analysis and Planning Factors for the NMNH West Court Addition, Prepared by Harrison Price Company, October 1992

Box 18 of 21

Program/Pre-Design Document for West Court Large-Format 3-D Film Theater, HGA, January 28, 1992

Box 18 of 21

Box 19

Programmatic Recap Review Copy, Discovery Center Large-Format 3-D Film Theater, HGA, August 4, 1994

Box 19 of 21

Risk Analysis Review Copy, September 2, 1994

Box 19 of 21

Market Survey of Theater Audiovisual Systems, HGA, July 25, 1994

Box 19 of 21

Programmatic Recap, Discovery Center Large-Format 3-D Film Theater, HGA, September 28, 1994

Box 19 of 21

Market Survey of Theater Audiovisual Systems, HGA, September 2, 1994

Box 19 of 21

Field Investigation and Programming Study, DesignTech-East, April 27, 1994

Box 19 of 21

Incorrect Conception Estimate for Discovery Center Large-Format 3-D Film Theater, McDevitt Street Bovis, October 25, 1994

Box 19 of 21

Conceptual Estimate for Discovery Center Large-Format 3-D Film Theater, McDevitt Street Bovis, October 26, 1994

Box 19 of 21

Concept Design, NMNH Discovery Center Project Number 923106, HGA and Florance Eichbaum Esocoff King, March 28, 1995

Box 19 of 21

Schematic Design, HGA and Florance Eichbaum Esocoff King, June 30, 1995

Box 19 of 21

West Court Hazardous Material Abatement 95% Documents, March 26, 1996

Box 19 of 21

West Court Hazardous Material Abatement, May 17, 1996

Box 19 of 21

Specifications, Project 923127, Museum Shops at Evans Gallery, Final Submission, December 15, 1995

Box 19 of 21

Detail Book for Casework, Museum Shops at Evans Gallery, 95% Submission, November 3, 1995

Box 19 of 21

Project 943115, Specifications, West Court Office Relocations, 95% Submission, July 20, 1995

Box 19 of 21

Project 943115, Specifications, West Court Office Relocations, 95% Submission, October 6, 1995

Box 19 of 21

SD 410 Review, West Court/Museum Shop Shared Entry Area, Project 923127, 95%

Box 19 of 21

Project 923127, Discovery Center Lobby at Evans Gallery (Phase 3), 95% Submission, November 6, 1995

Box 19 of 21

Specifications, Project 923127, Discovery Center Lobby at Evans Gallery, Final Submission, February 28, 1996

Box 19 of 21

Project 923106, 95% Documents, Response to 60% Document Comments, March 26, 1996

Box 19 of 21

Box 20

Project 923106, 95% Documents, General Construction Specifications, Book 1, March 26, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Project 923106, 95% Documents, Mechanical and Electrical Specifications, Book 2, March 26, 1996

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Project 923106, 95% Documents, Details Sections 1-5, Book 3, March 26, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Project 923106, 95% Documents, Details Sections 6-17, Book 3, March 26, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Responses to 95% Comments, May 30, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Revision to Construction Drawings, August 15, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Addendum #2 to Construction Documents, August 15, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Signage Program, Schematic Design, February 22, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Discovery Center Signage Program, March 15, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Discovery Center Signage Program, Specifications 95% Documents, April 12, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Discovery Center Signage Program, 95% Documents, April 12, 1996

Box 20 of 21

West Court Renovation - A/V Equipment, Project No. 923106, Specifications, June 26, 1995

Box 20 of 21

Renovations of Halls 8, 9 and 10 95% Specifications, October 1, 1997

Box 20 of 21

Details Sections 1-5, Book 3 of 5 Final, May 17, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Theater Signage Memo, February 2, 1999

Box 20 of 21

Message Schedule Identification Signs ID

Box 20 of 21

Discovery Center Signage Program Message Schedule, Design Development, March 15, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Discovery Center Signage Program Part 2 of 2, Message Schedule, March 22, 1996

Box 20 of 21

Discovery Center Signage Program , Message Schedule 95% Documents, April 12, 1996

Box 20 of 21

CBD Printed Record of Announcement for Construction Project

Box 20 of 21

Box 21

AIA Document A305 Tompkins Builders, September 20, 1996, Contractor's Qualifications

Box 21 of 21

Tompkins Builders, Request for Proposal, #T9636SOL0033 for the West Court Renovation and Discovery Center Construction

Box 21 of 21

Sign Changes Memo, June 14, 1999

Box 21 of 21