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.