McLaren Engineered Cheyney University Planetarium Dome

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Spitz, Inc., a specialty dome design firm, retained McLaren for structural engineering services on the Cheyney University Dome project; a triple-shelled, aluminum and steel planetarium. The 17.67 meter dome consists of three (3) sections which include the exterior spherical cosmetic dome, the exterior weather tight - structural steel dome, and the interior projection dome. The first two (2) sections are exposed to the elements and are supported via the existing building with support provided around the perimeter of the structural dome’s base. The projection dome is for an interior environment and is suspended from the structural dome. Click here to see the installation of the Cheyney Dome.