The new 96,715 SF Southeast Regional Archives facility was part of an Indefinite Delivery/ Indefinite Quantity contract with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NARA maintains and archives historical materials of the U.S. Government and allows these historical materials to become available to the public. NARA needed a new facility, including a 4,000 SF welcome building that could be easily extended as required while successfully separating public, private, research and storage space.
The 22-acre site was selected by NARA, the State of Georgia and Clayton State College and University due to its prominence and location. Adjacent to the Georgia State Archives, the site sits just south of the university’s campus and creates a new urban space that is used by the local population, General Government, researchers from the Southeast US and students from Clayton State.
The archives building includes four large stack areas for general archival storage, a cold storage room, microfilm reading, textual binding, an exhibit/conference center for large functions, and various administrative support spaces. The new archives facility building is one-story with a penthouse for mechanical equipment. The mechanical design work involved individual stack rooms housing their own 30,000 cfm air-handling unit with additional air-handling units for the remainder of the building. The stack areas require very specific environmental control of the temperature and humidity. The stack air-handling units also require carbon filters to minimize outside air contamination.