Central Texas College District, Planetarium and Technology Center

Killeen, Texas

  • FIRM

    Freese and Nichols, Inc.

  • CLIENT

    Central Texas College District

  • AREA

    55,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $9,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    3/2003

The Central Texas College Planetarium and Technology Center is a two-story facility that houses a planetarium with domed theater, 18 classrooms, three videoconference rooms, two computer labs, a science lab, an instructional-development lab, a faculty training lab, a conference room and 32 faculty/staff offices. It is the largest building on campus, with a high-profile ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$163.63CITATIONLouis I. Kahn CitationFEATURED IN2003 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized on the campus mall. Its exterior design reflects the campus’ Spanish/Mediterranean style.

The entire facility, from floor to ceiling, is designed to instruct, inform and inspire. The terrazzo floor system incorporates an astrological theme and features a historical timeline of astrology and astronomy, the solar system and various other constellations, with details such as the planets’ diameters and their distance from Earth. The 60-foot domed theater has seating for 150 and is the largest theater of its kind in Texas.

“Skillful use of materials. Effort to make the building a teaching tool to reinforce educational concepts taught. Good sense of place.”--2003 jury