BGSU Historic Campus Tour

Planetarium

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In the late 1950s, the University's Board of Trustees approved plans for the construction of a series of buildings to make up a "science complex" that would serve as a center for the various science departments on-campus. Unfortunately, a lack of funding prevented construction of the Physical Science Laboratory before the early 1980s. Thus, with the Planetarium's construction in 1984, completion of the "science complex" did not occur until well after originally intended. The building has been used mainly by the Chemistry Department, however it also

Planetarium

serves as an aid for industrial research in Physics and Astronomy. Moreover, the building serves the larger Bowling Green community by sponsoring and holding special programs for observing the universe and educating the public in the world of science.

Listed below are additional highlights in the history of the building:

  • 1981, Board of Trustees approves plans for the construction of the final building or part of a "science complex."
  • 1984, construction completed at a final cost of $7.2 million. Building will house 18 research labs, 9 rooms for "non-portable" science equipment, a planetarium, and roof-top observatory.