Planetarium Remains Closed
The EFSC Planetarium and Observatory on the Cocoa Campus remains closed indefinitely because of damage caused by Hurricane Irma and the building's age. To determine the full extent of the 2017 hurricane damage and all other age-related problems, the college contracted Cape Design Engineering Co. to conduct a comprehensive engineering study of the structure.
The study found a number of significant problems classified as “life safety” issues that needed to be addressed immediately. They included a new roof, new heating and air conditioning system, new fire suppression system, and new emergency exits. The study also identified a wide range of needed renovations to modernize the building and bring it up to code for long-term occupancy and use.
On April 26, 2018, Eastern Florida State College announced an effort to gain $9 million in needed funding to repair and renovate the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium & Observatory.
EFSC added the project to its Capital Improvement Plan filed annually with the state of Florida that lists major funding needs in the hopes the Legislature will allocate the money.
To date the College has not been able to secure public or provate funding for the major project.
For questions about the EFSC Planetarium closure contact John Glisch, EFSC Associate Vice President, Communications, at 321-433-7017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located on the Cocoa Campus of Eastern Florida State College, the Planetarium & Observatory, built in 1974 and opened in 1975, served the College's students and Brevard County Schools, community groups and the general public with informal educational experiences.
This web page will be updated as information about the closure is available.