Supporters of Drake Municipal Observatory

The Drake University Physics and Astronomy Department would like to express its appreciation to the following individuals, businesses, and institutions for their support of restoration work at the Drake Municipal Observatory.

  • Madeline Levitt for her generous donation to Drake University for the Drake Municipal Observatory
  • The Waveland Park Neighborhood Association for its efforts in support of the observatory
  • ABC Electric for the Cost of Labor to update the electrical system
  • Allied Construction Services, Inc. for flooring work and furnishing instructor for plaster training
  • Artistic Waste Services, Inc. for waste containers and debris removal
  • Breiholz Construction Company for demolition work, supervision, and millwork
  • Color Inc. for painting
  • Operative Plasters and Cement Masons Local 21 for training to do plaster repair
  • Mid-Iowa Environmental for removal of hazardous material (asbestos)
  • Olympic Wall Systems for gypsum drywall ceilings and painting
  • Protex Central, Inc. for installation of the new security system
  • Ralph Smith, Inc. for vinyl tile floor, carpet, and base
  • Waldinger Corporation for the new HVAC system
  • Walsh Door and Hardware for toilet accessories
  • Drake University Physical Plant for interior maintenance
  • The City of Des Moines for financial support including Capitol Improvement funds
  • Des Moines Park and Recreation Department for ongoing maintenance of the ground and exterior of the observatory
  • The Des Moines Astronomical Society for assistance with public observations and additional educational programs at the observatory
  • Other Supporters of the Drake Municipal Observatory
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