Although the refurbishment of the main building of the Observatory at the
Cittá Universitaria was completed by the end of 2003, a number of activity
for reaching the complete operation have been done during 2004. The Technical
Support Office of the Observatory has been deeply involved during the beginning
of 2004 in the phases of re-activation of the installations and plants.
After a long delay some the programmed building works have been finally
started at the at the M. G. Fracastoro mountain station, specifically:
The roof of the main guest house was completed during February, thus
avoiding further damage by the snow and ice as during previous winters.
Additional extra-ordinary maintenance work is now planned by the Genio
Civile, which is also in charge for the realization.
The construction of the new high-vacuum facility building for mirror's
allumination at the mountain station M. G. Fracastoro has been started on
June by the Meta Costruzioni. Works have progressed slowly then expected mainly
due to presence of very hard rocks at the level of the basement. All the work is
expected to be completed during the second half of 2005, due to the winter time
The construction of the building for the automated telescopes at the M. G. Fracastoro station was started on May 2004 by the Penta Costruzioni and has progressed on schedule. Few internal parts have to be completed at the end of the winter (3.1).
The project of folding domes suggested by the German firm Halfmann
Teleskopetechnik GmbH of Amburg which has delivered similar dome structures
for ESO at Mt. Paranal has furtherly evaluated. A new harder solution with a
structure of stainless steel has been envisaged and has been submitted to
several specialised firm. Positive answer has been received only by Gambato
Costruzioni per Astronomia. The contract will be signed as soon the final
design will be approved by the deputed public authority (Genio Civile)
The project of the fire alarm system at the CED has been completed on the
care of prof. N. Messina from the Faculty of Engineering. Works, have been
assigned to the CEI, and have been completed by the end of the year.
The project for the additional building at the Cittá Universitaria, went under revision according to the suggestion given by the Comune di Catania Technical Office. The new design prepared by the Office of the Genio Civile a Competenza Statale is nearly ready to be submitted again.