Eastern Anatolian Observatory (DAG) is designed to build on one of the summits of Palandöken Mountains in Erzurum, Turkey, at an altitude of 3,151 meters. The building is under construction since 2015 and expected to be completed in 2020. The building is designed as an integrated building, having operational departments, services, mechanical and electrical infrastructure for observations as well as cleaning and coating units, adjacent to the main observatory building. As one might expect this integration creates serious coordination problems between architect, engineers, telescope, enclosure, and cleaning & coating unit manufacturers. The construction progress of the investment is almost 20%. There are quite an amount of “lessons learned” in this period, and need to be developed by the parties, for their existing and future works. The building has so many challenges such as geological and geographical limitations, environmental and meteorological constraints, engineering and structural considerations, energy efficiency and sustainability, materials used and their performances at these limitations
Eastern Anatolian Observatory (DAG), will be built in one of the well-known mountain ridges of Erzurum, Turkey, at latitude of 39°46'50, longitude of 41°13'35 and an altitude of 3.151 meters. As well as erecting the largest telescope of Turkey, the DAG project aims to establish an observatory complex both small in size and functional enough to give service to all astronomy community. In this paper, the challenge is explained in details: geological and geographical limitations, environmental and meteorological constraints, engineering and structural considerations, energy efficiency and sustainability.