FROM THE AIA:

The Exploratorium is an interactive science museum that also demonstrates innovation and sustainability in its design and construction. The building takes advantage of the historic pier shed’s natural lighting and the 800’ long roof provided room for a 1.3 megawatt photovoltaic array. The water of the Bay is used for cooling and heating. Materials were used that that are both sustainable and durable enough to withstand a harsh maritime climate. The project is certified LEED Platinum and is close to reaching its goal of being the country’s largest Net Zero energy museum and an industry model for what’s possible in contemporary museums.

Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography
Bruce Damonte Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography

Exploratorium at Pier 15

Architect(s): EHDD
Project Type: Education – General, Food Service Restaurant/Cafeteria, Public Assembly--Entertainment/Culture, Retail Store
Project Category: Adaptive Reuse
Project Site: Historic structure or district
Completion Date: 4/1/2013
Project Cost: $220 million
Project Size: 301,099 sq. ft.
Location: San Francisco, Calif.


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JURY COMMENTS:

This project capitalized on its unique location by using the surrounding San Francisco Bay for heating and cooling. The existing pier building was completely remodeled: new exhibits were carefully integrated into the building and even spill out to the surrounding bay. Great use of natural light. This interactive science museum, oriented toward children and families, was relocated to a fabulous central location on the bay with great public access.

Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography
Bruce Damonte Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Estimated percent of occupants using public transit, cycling or walking: 47%
  • Daylighting at levels that allow lights to be off during daylight hours: 50%
  • Lighting Power Density: 0.78 watts/sf
  • Views to the Outdoors: 75%
  • Percent reduction of regulated potable water: 50%
  • Total EUI predicted (kBtu/sf/yr): 42
  • Net EUI predicted (kBtu/sf/yr): 6
  • Percent reduction from National Median EUI for Building Type (predicted): 92%


Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography
Bruce Damonte Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography
Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography
Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography
Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography
Bruce Damonte Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography
Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography
Bruce Damonte Photo Credit: Bruce Damonte Photography