Northwest Florida State College Observatory
Observatory expands options for STEM education
in Northwest Florida.
Located in a wooded area of the Northwest Florida State College campus, this project energized the expanding astronomy department when it opened in 2001. The building features an 18 foot telescope equipped with a digital camera, a partially retractable dome where the telescope is housed, and a classroom to host astronomy and other science classes. The design of the complex gives visitors a sense of a satellite in orbit revolving around the vertical shaft of the telescope tower. Also included were an observation deck, classrooms, outdoor public spaces, and a complicated telecommunications tie-in to the campus’ fiber system.
Florida Educational Facilities Planning Association, Architectural Showcase Award of Merit, 2004
AIA Florida Unbuilt Design Award , 2001