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Event - November 10, 2010

Nibbi Brothers Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Exploratorium

Along with project partners, EHDD Architecture, Wilson Meany Sullivan, KPM and the Port of San Francisco, it was a very exciting and long awaited event.

George Cogan, Capital Campaign Committee Chair (second from left) led the ceremony and was joined by Rodney Fong, Chairman of the San Francisco Visitors and Convention Bureau of the Port of San Francisco Commission (left), Dennis Bartels, Exploratorium Executive Officer (second from right), and Monique Moyer, Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco (right).

The Exploratorium is relocating to Pier 15 come 2013, creating a new campus that will place the institution at the heart of the waterfront, at the gateway to the City and the nexus of public transit.

With room inside and out, the new site almost doubles the Exploratorium’s current exhibition space, doubles the number of classrooms, and triples the capacity for teacher development.

The refurbished historic shed, new Observatory building, and new outdoor spaces will house the entirety of the museum. The 230,000 square foot building is intended to be the first net zero energy museum built in the world. Space will be dedicated to exhibitions, public programs, classrooms, a national center for teacher development, R&D for innovative ways to teach and learn, exhibit fabrication, restaurant and cafe, museum stores, event space, and room for visiting professionals and staff.