Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School Planetarium Delayed Yet Again

The GEMS planetarium has once again been delayed due to a problem with the fabrication with the interior walls and seats.


After numerous previous delays, the planetarium at the Glastonbury East Hartford Elementary Magnet School is delayed once again.

The latest hold-up is due to a delay in the fabrication of metal interior walls and seats for the planetarium, which are being manufactured in Finland.

The planetarium’s opening date had already been moved from January to February; it now appears that the opening will happen sometime in mid-March. A grand opening was scheduled for April.

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So far the project has been postponed due to a steel beam that connects the facility to the school, as well as insulation that needed replacement. In January, an additional problem with the side panels for the facility delayed the project further.

Despite the delays, the town is continuing to plan for the use of the facility. The Glastonbury school system will oversee the operation and use of the planetarium when GEMS is not using it. The current school budget for 2013-14 calls for a funding for a planetarium coordinator, and is planning for a programming specialist in 2014-15 when the planetarium is opened to the public.

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