Thursday, October 21, 2010

Exploratorium Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for the new Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco’s Historic waterfront was today! Check out the project's official site.

The Exploratorium, San Francisco's internationally acclaimed museum of science, art and human perception, the acknowledged prototype for hands-on museums internationally, broke ground at its future home on Piers 15 and 17, on San Francisco's historic waterfront. This is the largest project on the waterfront since the Giants' AT&T park.

The project places the Exploratorium at the gateway to the City and at the nexus of public transit, radically improving educational access to all. With room outdoors and in, Pier 15 doubles the exhibition space, doubles the number of classrooms and triples the Exploratorium's capacity for professional teacher development.

Designed by San Francisco-based EHDD Architecture, a leader in sustainable design, the new Exploratorium will be green inside and out. Taking advantage of the piers' location on the Bay, the project will offset as much energy as possible with a 1.4 megawatt photovoltaic array on the roof, an innovative bay water heating and cooling system, and other components that contribute to the Exploratorium's goal of being a LEED Gold, net zero energy facility, perhaps the largest, net-zero energy museum of its size in the world. Yahoo Finance