Palomar College Multi-Media Lab and Planetarium

Client: Palomar Community College District
Services Provided: Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: San Marcos, CA
Project Size: 6,300 sf
Capacity: 150-seat Immersive Theater
Completion Date: March 2012
Sustainability: Savings By Design (San Diego Gas and Electric Companies Sustainable Community energy usage reduction and conservation programs)
Program: Planetarium/Instructional Space, Lobby, Box Office, Editing Room, Recording Room, Director’s Office, Display Area, Outdoor Telescope Viewing Plaza

The 150‐seat Palomar Planetarium was conceived to meet two important College goals: First, as a state of the art immersive environment that is utilized primarily for Astronomy, Science Instruction and Multi‐media Instruction. Second, the Planetarium is viewed as the front door to the campus. Every elementary school student in North County San Diego attends shows at the Planetarium, which becomes their first introduction to a College environment and all it’s learning possibilities. Learning at every turn is conveyed: the courtyard illustrates comet pathways and planets in 2‐D and 3‐D; the entrance canopy is perforated with holes that kinetically represent planetary motion as the sun moves; lobby display monitors project images of current thought on the formation and derivation of our solar system; the theater immerses the theater goers in an omnipresent, all encompassing, ever‐changing experience.