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Framing of the Exploratorium's Observatory Building, the only completely new construction at at the piers, began in April 2011. Iron workers placed various sizes of steel beams in piles around the concrete base of the Observatory. Then, while a crane raised and held each beam aloft, the workers used metal spikes to line up the holes of the beams and inserted bolts, tightening them down to tie the structure together. Because the Observatory Building is less than two stories tall, the iron workers were allowed to shimmy across the beams without harnesses. Once this process was finished, the beams were plumbed and welded together.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: July 14, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:01:51
Construction of Pier 15 from March 11th through May 27th of 2011. Images courtesy of Nibbi Construction. Music by Wayne Grim.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: June 17, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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Construction of the Observatory at Piers 15 & 17 from April 12th through April 27th of 2011. Images courtesy of Nibbi Construction. Music by Wayne Grim.

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Date: June 17, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): engineering
Running Time:
00:03:16
In January and February of 2011, the first of the large 72" in diameter piles were driven 160 feet in to the sea floor at Piers 15 and 17 in San Francisco, the new home of the Exploratorium. These new piles were installed between the two piers and along the south apron of Pier 15. In early March, the steel casings were filled with concrete.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: March 16, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:03:18
Construction at the Exploratorium's new home on the Embarcadero began in October 2010. Over a three day span in November 2010, the existing non-historic connector building on the east end of Piers 15 and 17 was demolished, revealing for the first time in 55 years a view out to the Bay.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: February 4, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
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The Exploratorium celebrated its future home at Piers 15 and 17 in San Francisco with an official groundbreaking ceremony and festivities on October 19, 2010.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: October 26, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:03:11
This video includes interviews with Exploratorium Executive Director Dr. Dennis Bartels and Exploratorium Chairman of the Board George Cogan about Piers 15 and 17, as well as a fly-through animation of the future home of the Exploratorium.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: October 18, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
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