About This Project
General Contractor: Vaughn Construction
Project Details: After an amazing 50 years of astronomy/space science presentations, progress continues towards the proposed new Scobee Planetarium and Challenger Learning Center. (see photo) The new Scobee Planetarium will feature an expanded theater, new projection dome, new lighting and sound equipment, plus a visitor center featuring displays, restrooms, and gift shop. The Observatory telescope moves to a dramatic third story location along with a "star party" observation deck.
The Challenger Learning Center at San Antonio College will be a unique catalyst for offering educational and community resources, accessible to all, through a focus on scientific literacy and life-changing learning. With the height of approximately 58 feet, the Challenger Learning Center will become the second tallest building on the SAC campus and will change the skyline of San Antonio College and the city. The Center will offer the city an innovative approach to experiential learning in the STEM fields. As well as serving young students, the Center will also be equipped to provide corporate team training opportunities for community members and organizations.
Understanding the special needs for human services in San Antonio, SAC's aim with the CLC is to expand the scope of the programming beyond the 'classic' missions model used nationally at other centers. "The wide range of STEM programs offered at SAC educate and train people of all ages and backgrounds. With a customized Challenger Learning Center, SAC aspires to become the city's hub of STEM education and will deliver even further benefit to the community with the CLC's unique capacity to provide experiential learning," said Dr. Robert Zeigler, president of San Antonio College.
Construction of the nearly 22,000-square-foot Scobee Planetarium and Challenger Learning Center complex began in May of 2012 and is slated to be complete in fall 2013.