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Goldwater Archives to Open in Downtown Mesa

By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange

The $30M Barry and Peggy Goldwater Library and Archives will be built at McDonald and First avenues in downtown Mesa. Designed by Doug Sydnor, the 40K SF LEED certification candidate building is to be a three story structure. A reading room, exhibition area, café and automatic archival retrieval system are all slated to be part of the building when it opens in 2016. Sydnor says the design will be rugged and craggy, reflecting the style of Goldwater’s photography. A contractor has not been selected for the project.

Located near light rail, the Goldwater Library and Archives will achieve the late Senator’s commitment to preserve and disseminate the history of Arizona and the United States. The facility will also hold papers from Arizona congressional delegations dating back to statehood.

The project is being built on city-owned land with private funding raised through an endowment and donations. Fund-raising efforts are being headed by veteran political figure Susan Bitter-Smith. No date has been set for a groundbreaking.

Original source: City of Mesa