Mt Kent Observatory is at the forefront of Australia’s fast-growing $350 billion space sector, playing a key role in the new era of Australia’s space research. USQ’s new Mt Kent Observatory will not only develop Australia’s space research, but it will also provide the opportunity to work with NASA and industry partners.
RMA worked with Feather and Lawry Design to deliver a new main building and pad designs for the new 13 ground-mounted 70-cm automated telescopes.
RMA was engaged to undertake structural, civil, hydraulic and geotechnical engineering, with minimal room for error or variation. The building design included a sliding roof that could be automatically opened and closed.
The slab design was an on-ground design with isolated footings for each telescope. RMA designed footings that were tailored to the rocky layers found on site.