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July-August 2006


Marc Genty

Questions and suggestions from the staff to management may be submitted in confidence to the Delphi Coordinator (Marc Genty, see article). They should be submitted in written form, preferably via interoffice mail in a sealed envelope marked confidential. They must be signed. Detailed procedures for submitting questions are given in the UCAR Policies and Procedures Manual, section 4-1-2, and on the Delphi Web site. Staff Notes Monthly publishes questions and answers of general interest to staff, and the Delphi Web site has a log of all questions submitted since 1995.

Delphi Question: Public events in the FL0 courtyard

Delphi Question #555 (received June 8, 2006): I like the circular courtyard between FL0, FL1, and FL2!  Is there any possibility that UCAR could offer the space for small-scale Shakespearean plays during the summer? I can just see MacBeth waiting for his cue behind FL1, while Fleance escapes from the "murtherers" bursting onto the stage from under the footbridge!

Hosting dramatic events could be a new part of our Community and Public Services. The courtyard would also make a good venue for the Spring Fling.

Answer (July 11): This is an interesting question. Regrettably, FL is closed to the public during evening and weekend hours because UCAR's budget simply does not allow it to be adequately staffed by security personnel for public events.

FL0 Plaza

The plaza between FL0 (left) and FL2. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

While it might seem that opening FL0 to the public for certain events would represent a good public relations stance for the organization, there are a number of security-related factors to consider. To ask our contracted security service to staff a public event and to provide restroom facilities to a large crowd would present problems. A public event would require access to FL restroom facilities. Because all four buildings at the FL campus are connected and because it is not possible to cordon off work areas, our security contractor would need to hire extra security personnel.

At this time, ML is the only public building among UCAR's several campuses. ML was designed to serve as a public venue and has a long history of hosting the arts and special events, including the Colorado Music Festival, Takacs Quartet, and Colorado Shakespeare. We welcomed 4,000 students, teachers, and parents to ML last year for Super Science Saturday. Center Green is quasi-public, with the newly renovated CG1 equipped to handle large meetings, conferences, and outside events. 

If Community and Public Services were to undertake arts programming, only ML and CG1 would be considered for staging, because they already have the infrastructure and security procedures in place to handle the issues associated with opening up a working lab to the public. Events during the day sponsored by the Employee Activities Committee may take place at all three UCAR Boulder locations.

So, while we might like to utilize FL0 for community events and SaSS might be willing to consider requests on a special case-by-case basis in which extra costs were paid for by the event organizers, realistically there are a number of security-related obstacles that would need to be considered before such an event could take place.

View UCAR's Facilities Use Policy.

—Steve Sadler, director,
Safety and Site Services, and
Linda Carbone, EO exhibits coordinator


In this issue...

A new eye on storm formation

NCAR names five new senior scientists

New Delphi coordinator takes over

SOARS and RESESS protégés busy with research

Less load for the landfill: FREEcycle stores; ACD's "green" move

Short Takes

Delphi Question: Public events in the FL0 courtyard

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