McConnell Hall Observatory

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.

HIC# 175168

CSL# CS-102457

USDOT 3017204