AURA Tucson

AURA Front Desk: 520-318-8000 l NOAO Safety Manager Tammie Lavoie 520-318-8211


In case of a medical emergency or fire at the offices of 950. North Cherry Avenue dial 911 from an office telephone.  You will be connected to a dispatcher that will ask the address and the nature of your emergency. Stay on the line until the dispatcher tells you to hang up

Please go to the NOAO Safety Website (link below) to find Tucson Emergency Procedures and Maps of the Facility that show evacuation routes.

Click this for the NOAO Safety Website

Included in the evacuation maps are locations of fire extinguishers, first aid kits and automated external defibrillators (AEDs).  You can also find the maps in various locations within the buildings, look for one near your workspace.

Please scroll down this page for more useful information.


Contractors, Visitors, and Guest Access
To prepare for visitors, contact your administrative support person to reserve office space if needed, key cards, temporary parking permits, etc. The Lobby Receptionist should be notified of the visitor’s name, date of arrival and duration of visit, and staff contact name. Visitors need to check in upon arrival, and check out when departing, with the Lobby Receptionist.
The purpose for sign-in is to know who is on the premises. All contractors, visitors, and guests must read and sign the AURA Standards of Workplace Conduct. The visitor log maintains a physical audit trail of visitor activity at the Tucson location. The visitor log shall document the visitor’s name, the firm represented, and the on-site personnel authorizing physical access on the log, the arrival time, and the departure time. Other control measures include the following

  • Visitors shall be identified and given a keycard or other identification that can be deactivated and that visibly distinguishes the visitors from on-site personnel.
  • Visitors shall surrender the keycard before permanently leaving the site.
  • Visitors shall be authorized before entering and escorted at all times within, areas, where sensitive information is processed or maintained.
  • Visitors must be escorted in card access–controlled areas of the facilities.

Exterior Doors
Facilities shall be immediately notified if lock hardware becomes loose or door-closing devices or latches are not working correctly. Unknown or suspicious person(s) shall not be allowed to gain access by following employees through a locked door. Employees should take action by asking if the person has a key card or if they are visiting someone. Employees should notify Facilities if the person is suspect. Exterior doors should not be propped open without supervision.

Security Guard Services
Tucson facilities utilize nighttime guard services. If you would like to have a security escort from the building to the parking lot after 5:00 pm you can call 8435 or 312-4067.

Firearms are prohibited in the buildings, except when political dignitaries are protected by armed security or law enforcement visits.

Law Enforcement – Department Having Jurisdiction
If a crime either is in progress or is suspected, local law enforcement shall be notified as the first responders. Dialing 911 when in United States will prompt the first responders. Because all Tuscon buildings are either owned or partially owned by the U.S. federal government, the U.S. FBI nearest field office should be contacted. Arizona FBI field office 623-466-1999.

Evacuation Plans
Evacuation plans are primarily related to fire safety and are posted at various locations each building. Additional emergency response information is included such as whom to call in the event of an emergency.

Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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