Bucknell University Observatory

Bucknell University approached Mid-Penn Engineering in 2013 to design a new retractable roof structure that would be equipped with high-powered telescopes to enhance their Astronomy Program.  This unique project required MPE’s structural team to design a structural support system that was capable of resisting dynamic loading conditions imposed by the retractable roof system.


Professional services accomplished by Mid-Penn Engineering for this unique project are outlined as follows:

  • Building planning and programming collaboration with the University’s Steering Committee
  • Topographic surveying and mapping services
  • Complete building design services including electrical and structural systems engineering
  • Complete civil-site design services for all site improvements that complement the new facility
  • Building Permit acquisition
  • Land Development Plans preparation and municipal approvals
  • Erosion Control Plan preparation and approvals.