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Planetarium - addition

Project phase: Planning/Design

Project background

  • For over 53 years, Abrams Planetarium has been serving MSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public and K-12 students.
  • The Planetarium is positioned to provide nationally recognized innovative, inclusive, and interdisciplinary STEM education and research.
  • The newly added full-dome digital technology that allows for immersive virtual environments through 3-D models and 360-degree photography has created new demand for use of the Planetarium for courses ranging from Astronomy to Art History and Classics to Geology.
  • The Planetarium also engages the general public and K-12 students in a range of experiences and partners with the Broad Art Museum and BRIDGE Artist in Resident Program to create programming that blurs the line between art and science.
  • The proposed addition would allow for additional partnerships and increased use of the Planetarium by providing room for simultaneous programming in the dome and in the proposed multi-purpose space for a range of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities.

Project scope

  • As planning begins, the project is anticipated to include:
    • the construction of a single-story addition to provide a multi-purpose learning space, offices, and vending/ catering prep space
    • modifications to the existing building exterior and interior necessary to connect the addition
    • utility and site work


  • Based on cost experience for similar projects and current pricing information, the preliminary project cost estimate is $2,000,000 - $2,500,000, excluding capital renewal items that may be added to the project during the planning stage. This estimate may change as the project and its scope are refined during the planning process.
  • The source of funds for the project is expected to be gifts to the College of Natural Science.

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