M3 provided complete design services for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Telescope Enclosure and related support facilities. The facilities consist of a retractable enclosure for the 2.5 meter SDSS telescope, an adjacent support building and two 1 meter monitor telescope enclosures. The existing operations’ building was expanded to include a new control room, offices for the SDSS staff and a new dormitory/living facility.
The expansion integrated into the existing Apache Point Observatory Facility creating and expanding the campus-like atmosphere. Building and utilities are placed to accommodate future planned growth at the observatory. Orientation of facilities for wind and thermal plume effect relative to existing facilities and for new facilities was a primary concern.