McConnell Hall Observatory
Location: Smith College
Type: Renovation / New Construction
Delivery Method: General Contractor
Architect: CBI Consulting
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.