The Southeast Regional Archives includes more than 80,000 cubic feet of records, which date from 1716 through the 1980's, making the Southeast Region one of the largest regional archives in National Archives & Records Administration’s (NARA) nationwide system. The holdings include archival materials of great historical significance, such as the records of the Kennedy and Marshall Space Flight Centers, Centers for Disease Control, the Oak Ridge and Savannah River facilities of the Department of Energy, Selective Service System, and U.S. Courts. While most of the records have a regional focus, several collections, including World War I draft cards and the records of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control, have a unique national scope. Researchers in archival materials run the gamut from family historians and genealogists to professional historians and other scholars, teachers and students, and journalists, who seek information about our national experience and the actions of Federal agencies in these records.
Heery provided construction program management services for the $28 million, 114,600 SF National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility, one of the largest such facilities in the country. Constructed in partnership with the State of Georgia, it replaced the former archival facility in East Point, Georgia. In order to facilitate the progress of the project and maintain the schedule, Heery provided construction management at-risk services under a separate task order for the site development package including all management, supervision, labor, materials, supplies, and equipment. The scope of work included demolition, clearing, grading, and site utilities. Heery also provided commissioning services to assure proper operation of the HVAC and electrical systems.
The structured, documented commissioning process of verification and testing, included review of design documents, submittals and contractor test reports, confirmed that the facility met NARA objectives. The commissioning services were to commensurate with the functional nature of the facility to maintain and preserve the important historic documents kept at the facility.
The first complex of its kind in the country, the 19-acre archives includes the new Georgia Department of Archives and History facility and offers improved records access and expanded public program areas while providing 230,000 cubic feet of storage space. The program also included the addition of a Visitor Learning/Welcome Center and amphitheater that serve as additional unifying features and amenities on the site, a large multi-functional reception/lobby space to house displays and serve as a "check-in" point for researchers and a tri-part training wing providing staff, public, and university studies with meeting space accommodating up to 350 people.