Morehead State University

Smith-Booth Space Science Center

Morehead State University commissioned Hastings+Chivetta Architects, in association with Evans + Murphy Design Group, to design the Space Science Center, an educational and research facility with state-of-the-art laboratories for undergraduate students in the space science program.

Space science is a technology-intensive discipline that encompasses physics, astrophysics, satellite telecommunications, electrical engineering, mathematics, and computer science.

The Smith-Booth Space Science Center originated from a joint NASA-NSF-MSU venture to develop a large aperture (21-meter) radio telescope and satellite tracking station in conjunction with associated labs and degree programs at MSU.

The highly specialized 69,806 SF building has a NASA-type control room, electronics laboratory, anechoic testing chamber, class 100 clean room and micro-fabrication lab with machine shop. The roof boasts an antenna test range and observatory dome.

Other spaces include a high-tech multimedia auditorium with star projector and audio-video system, a satellite telecommunications laboratory, computing labs, a distance learning suite, and related ancillary facilities to support the specialized needs of the science building.

The building was completed in May 2008.


Project Details

    • Gross Square Feet
    • 69,806
    • Completion Date
    • 2008
    • Construction Cost
    • $13,075,616
    • City
    • Morehead
    • State
    • KY
    • Client Type
    • Public
    • Enrollment
    • 5,000-10,000
    • Associate Firm
    • Evans + Murphy Design Group - Architect of Record


    • 2010
    • Honorable Mention, Education Design Showcase
    • College Planning & Management
    • 2010
    • Citation, Architectural Portfolio
    • American School & University