McConnell Hall Observatory

OBSERVATORY DOME

Location: Smith College

Type: Renovation / New Construction 

Delivery Method: General Contractor 

Architect: CBI Consulting

Project Description:

This project included construction of a new telescope observatory dome, new roof, mechanical equipment upgrades, and a new viewing deck.  The dome provides the Astronomy Department with remote controllability.  This has proven to be invaluable with the Astronomy Department’s collaborative research and teaching programs.

 

Careful sequencing and scheduling were paramount to the success of the project due to the building being in use during the course of construction.  The project team worked closely with Clark Science Center staff to ensure minimal disruption with research and classes in McConnell Hall.

OBSERVATORY DOME
OBSERVATORY DOME

McConnell Hall Observatory

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Dome installation

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Dome installation

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Dome Installation

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Dome Installation

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Dome installation

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Dome Installation

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Dome installation

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Prepping for the install of observatory dome

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Welding the ring in place for the dome

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Installing the ring

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Installing the ring

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Installing the ring

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Installing the ring

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McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Installing the ring

McConnell Hall Observatory
McConnell Hall Observatory

Top of the observatory before the dome is installed

McConnell Hall
McConnell Hall

View of the observatory dome from on top of Ford Building

McConnell Hall
McConnell Hall

Observatory Dome

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