The H.S. Mendenhall Observatory
The Control Building
The Control Building, when complete, will transform the observatory into a superb and unique educational and scientific facility.
Below is a graphic of the completed observatory at dusk (copyright by Toby Wilson). A portable telescope is at the center. The wooden screening fence is part of phase 2 construction, and will define a sheltered amphitheater for outdoor stargazers by blocking cold north winds and the lights of approaching vehicles. (See the full-sized graphic.)
As the floor plan shows, the Control Building will contain a bathroom, kitchenette, storeroom, telescope control room, and a heating and cooling system. The shaded items are part of phase 2 construction. For scientific reasons, the telescope dome is neither heated nor cooled. The Control Building's features will enable observers to work comfortably year round, and allow visitors to warm up and enjoy snacks on chilly evenings. It will also provide storage space, currently lacking, for maintenance equipment, instruments, and portable telescopes for public star parties. (See the full-sized floor plan.)
For more information, please download the illustrated, four-page description of the Control House project in PDF format. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Dr. Peter Shull and the OSU Foundation.