August 22, 2017 – On August 10th, the last beam swung into place for the Jean and E. Floyd Kvamme Planetarium at West Valley College. Best stated by College President Brad Davis, “The building of the new facility was necessary to bring the more than 40-year-old planetarium to modern standards so that it could keep up with technological and scientific advances in astronomy.” The best example of such a advance is the heart of the building: a digital projector capable of showing 10,000 stars, 10 times more than its analog predecessor. This immersive technology will not only serve science students but also be an innovative resource for the arts and other curriculum.
This project would not have been possible without a $3.5 million donation from The Jean and E. Floyd Kvamme Foundation, the largest donation in West Valley College history.
Photos courtesy of West Valley College.