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Our new buildings:
UCAR purchases Center Green

The afternoon of 29 August was a quiet one for UCAR vice president for finance and administration Katy Schmoll—until her phone rang at about 2:30. Cliff Jacobs, program director in NSF’s Division of Atmospheric Sciences, was calling with exhilarating news: NSF had ended months of deliberations by approving UCAR’s purchase of three buildings at Center Green.

“I am absolutely just thrilled,” Katy said a few hours later. “I’m ecstatic!”

The three buildings, located on a 5.6-acre campus on Center Green Drive just southwest of the FL campus, contain 80,000 square feet of space for offices and labs. In addition, the city

of Boulder has granted preliminary permission for the construction of a 20,000-square-foot addition, bringing the total new space to 100,000 square feet. This will relieve the occasional overcrowding at the institution and give it the room it needs to grow.

To be sure, much work still needs to be done. The Center Green buildings will be refurbished as standard offices instead of cubicles. And the UCAR Management Committee must decide which offices to relocate to the new campus, a process that may take unpredictable turns. “When you get down to actually putting people in places, people don’t always fit quite the way you think they’re going to,” Katy explains.

The movement to Center Green will likely begin in October, when CGD and the NCAR director’s office will be moved there temporarily because of the long-planned refurbishment of ML’s Tower A. Other staff may start moving to Center Green on a permanent basis late this year or early next year.

Katy warns that movement will continue for as long as three to four years. This is partly because the ML refurbishment is expected to take several years, requiring staffers to temporarily move out of their ML offices. Another wild card: UCAR is continuing to look into the feasibility of adding to the FL campus with a new building.

One certainty, however, is that Finance and Administration will move out of its leased space on Pearl Street into leased offices at 3065 Center Green. This will put the office in a convenient location next to both FL and the new Center Green campus.

Despite the work that still needs to be done, Katy and her staff celebrated the news on 29 August, drinking a toast to the new building. And they savored a congratulatory fax that arrived from NSF’s Jacobs shortly after his phone call.

“UCAR did a great job in responding to NSF concerns and providing the necessary information we needed to approve your request,” the fax stated. “Job well done.” •David Hosansky

 


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