The Thirty Meter Telescope Summit Facilities are designed around the need to construct a next generation telescope observatory in a cost effective manner. The selected high altitude site of Mauna Kea, Hawaii has environmental, access and logistics challenges that along with the requirements of a very sophisticated 30-meter class telescope drive the design of the facilities.
The TMT Summit Facilities house the support spaces required to operate the next generation telescope. The facility includes administrative spaces, control room, mirror coating facilities, lab and utility space required to house all of the mechanical and electrical equipment. A visitor’s lobby provides a first class view of the telescope within the enclosure.
Currently in the design phase, the TMT Facilities when complete will house the latest, state of the art optical telescope and protect it from the severe site conditions in a functional, energy efficient building.