U.S. Department of Commerce Boulder Labs
David Skaggs Research Center Fact Sheet
- The building is located on the 205-acre Department of Commerce (DOC) campus
at 325 Broadway in Boulder, Colorado.
- Under an agreement with the city of Boulder to construct the NOAA facility, the
DOC agreed that approximately 50 percent of the acreage of the DOC campus
will remain undeveloped under an irrevocable easement to the city.
- The portion of the campus between Broadway and Anderson Ditch, and south of
Lawrence Road is protected by an agreement with tribal nations.
- The building is designed for 236,500 square feet to be occupied included in
372,000 gross square feet.
- The building is 900 feet long, and varies from about 110 to 165 feet wide. It is
made up of four "blocks" separated by three "core areas." The main entrance is
located on the west side of the central core.
- The building features three floors above grade, and is 43 feet high along the
majority of its roofline. A fourth level of the building is dug out one level below
ground. The north and south cores are higher - 22 feet above the roofline -- to
house mechanical equipment rooms (elevator motors, heating system boilers and
- A parking lot on the west side of the building features 600 parking spaces.
- NOAA employs over about 1,000 personnel in the Boulder area.
- The construction contract for the Skaggs Research Center was awarded on
September 24, 1996, to Hensel Phelps Construction Company of Greeley,
Colorado, with a two-year construction schedule for completion of the building.
- The architect for the NOAA building was C.W. Fentress J.H. Bradburn and
Associates of Denver, architects for many well known buildings including Denver
- The total cost of the building was $61.5 million, including $52.5 million
appropriated by congressional action in 1989 and 1992 to the General Services
Administration to design and build the building, and $9 million contributed by
NOAA for scientific and technical additions.
- Reddish stone on the outside of the Skaggs Research Center was quarried near