San Antonio College Observatory

Space, the final frontier. (And this is Texas, we know about frontiers!)

NOW Specialties presents the Observatory and Planetarium at San Antonio College, last renovated in 2014. Since 1961, two million members of San Antonio's community have learned about the cosmos at the Scobee Planetarium, which features 100 individual reclined seats, new lights and sound system, and an advanced digital projection system.

The observatory sits atop the conical Charles E. Cheever Jr. Star Tower (Mica Blue aluminum composite material), with a 10-inch refractor telescope that can track stars in all directions with its 360-degree rotating dome.

Durand-Hollis Rupe Architects was responsible for the renovation, which included Mica Grey ACM for the adjacent walls, parapets and light fixture columns. The Mica Platinum ACM was used for the quarter-sphere of the planetarium's exterior, matching the observatory's dome in form and finish. A beautiful and bright Mica Blue ACM was used on both the interior and exterior walls of the conical tower that supports the observatory.

Featuring absolutely breathtaking drone footage from our own Stephen Hurd, this video seems less like a flyby and more like a trip through a rendering. We hope you enjoy the scenery and the music, recorded by William Ryan Fritch and licensed by Settled Scores/Lost Tribe Sound.

Name of Project:

San Antonio College Observatory

General Contractor:

Vaughn Construction


DHR Architects

Sheet Manufacturer(s):

Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America Inc.