_February 9, 1999, 6:00 a.m. - After more
than a year of planning and months of preparation, the VLA Control Room was
emptied of its interim jumble of tables and terminals, clearing the
way for crews from Goodman's of Albuquerque to begin installation of
our all-new Control Room facilities. More than a facelift, this
complete renovation should be seen as an infrastructure improvement in
anticipation of the VLA Upgrade. Meanwhile, the results:
The central operations area was increased by several feet, and the
central island removed. The essential functional layout was preserved
but improved, moving all communications and displays in front of the
operators within easy reach.
Operators' & Observers' Areas:
The operators' bullpen provides an open workspace along with
personal storage spaces, a move away from the cubicle culture of
partitions and desks.The visiting observers' (Miranda's) area
is a quiet corner for the serious astronomer to contemplate the wisdom
of his/her project.
Features & Furnishings:
Modular panel and shelf construction, including integrated
power strips, provide the capacity and versatility to change and grow
with future needs. Customized electronics racks are the new
homes of equipment formerly housed in the central island.
The Aeron chairs, coveted by all who see and sit in
them. The new kitchen
was completed in the Fall of 1998 and has already been the scene of
many fine communal meals on weekly maintenance days, courtesy of David
L. Vanhorn, esq., chief cook and bottle-washer. (Special thanks to
Charlie Chavez and his crew for this quality job!)
...wouldn't recognize the place!