Orange Coast College
Planetarium and Foucault Pendulum

Costa Mesa, California

Size / Construction Cost:    13,500 Square Feet | $6M

MHP Services:                      Structural Design

Project Status:                      In Construction | Estimated Completion 2018

Architect:                               Hill Partnership, Inc.

The project entails new structures to house the Planetarium Dome, the Foucault Pendulum exhibit, and ancillary spaces to support a small retail center, public restrooms and staff offices. The Planetarium will provide educational opportunities for local elementary school students, college astronomy classes, and planetarium shows for the local community. The structurally complex building features structural steel framing radiating from a concrete planetarium dome. The Foucault pendulum display, first introduced in Paris in 1851, is a simple device that demonstrates the rotation of the earth.