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Northwest Florida State College Observatory

Niceville, Florida
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. 



Design Awards


Florida Educational Facilities Planning Association, Architectural Showcase Award of Merit, 2004


AIA Florida Unbuilt Design Award , 2001

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