It’s not every school that gets its own observatory and planetarium! Piner High School in Santa Rosa recently completed construction on the school’s Geospatial Science Center. The spectacular design by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects is a stunning addition to the school campus. The North Bay Business Journal has selected the project as the 2013 Top Project in the K-12 Education category.
The 5,000-square-foot center, built at a total cost of $3.7 million, features an astronomical telescope, GIS and GPS technology, climate and meteorological instruments and a multi-axis planetarium.
The planetarium has a high definition projection system that displays three million pixels on the highly specialized 24-foot diameter perforated aluminum dome.
Solar panels and a wind turbine provide recordable data that is used in the curriculum so students can correlate weather patterns with the effects on electric power generation.
15000 Inc. was honored to participate in the design and construction of this unique learning environment.