High Boulder mesa chosen as NCAR's future home
High Boulder mesa chosen as NCAR's future home

In 1960, Table Mountain at the southwest edge of Boulder, Colorado, was chosen as the site for the laboratories of the newly established National Center for Atmospheric Research. A year later, the state of Colorado purchased the site and donated it to the National Science Foundation. Walt Roberts created a committee of Boulder residents active in environmental preservation to keep those issues visible during site development. After a vote granting an exception to Boulder's "blue line" rule restricting mountain growth, the city permitted NCAR to begin laboratory construction. I.M. Pei was selected as the architect to design what would become the Mesa Laboratory.