Creating the Campus

Our new campus on San Francisco’s Embarcadero encompasses two historic waterfront structures: Pier 17, built in 1912, and Pier 15, built in 1915, with a major renovation in 1931. We are not replacing these landmark buildings, but bringing them to life once again.

We began that transformation at Pier 15, which will open to the public in spring 2013. Development of Pier 17 will follow, allowing space for future growth. The one new structure on the site—the glass-and-steel Bay Observatory—will provide a transparent lens on the waterfront, offering a contemporary counterpoint to the historic surroundings.

When we’re done, our aim is to have a LEED Gold, net-zero-energy facility with features that push the envelope of green technology and environmental awareness.

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Between June 2010 and March 2011, Exploratorium Board Member Scott Hindes documented the initial phase of construction at Pier 15.
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Staff photographer Amy Snyder is capturing the ongoing activity at Pier 15, showing us a “slowed-down” view of both process and progress.
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