SIZE: 225,000 SF
LEED New Construction Consulting
LEED New Construction, v2009 (Platinum)
Strategy & Services: The Exploratorium is home to the internationally acclaimed museum of science and perception. Situated midway between the Ferry Plaza and Fisherman’s Wharf, it has brought life to a dormant stretch of the San Francisco waterfront. Designed to be Net Zero Energy (NZE), it is one of the few and largest museums in the country achieving this ambitious target through a number of sustainability features.
Design Details: Working with its natural environment, the Exploratorium features a unique HVAC system that uses the water of the bay for heating and cooling, while passive design optimizes natural light transmission from the existing pier into the building’s interior. An outdoor exhibit area gives visitors the opportunity to interact with the bay to extend the exhibit concepts out into the environment beyond the site, bringing hands on education to life in this living laboratory.
“Designed to be Net Zero Energy (NZE), it is one of the few and largest museums in the country achieving this ambitious target through a number of sustainability features.”
Outcome: Designed to NZE performance, the project also achieved LEED Platinum. Visitors experience the full length of the 800 foot building, within which freestanding pavilions create discrete exhibition spaces. The project contains museum exhibits, a shop were the exhibits are designed and made, classrooms, offices, a store, a theater, and cafes.