When the Exploratorium announced its move to Pier 15 in San Francisco, Page & Turnbull was the preservation architect called to action to rehabilitate the new home of this famous science museum.
Page & Turnbull was faced with a titanic challenge. Although Pier 15 (over a century old) had survived the city’s 1989 earthquake, it was in desperate need of restructuring.
Page & Turnbull has proposed a design for the 100,000 square-foot project, to rehabilitate the deteriorated substructure and buildings to current code and remove non-contributing infill and deck between two historic piers to provide interactive access to water. The environmental goals of the project are zero net energy, zero carbon footprint and LEED Gold.
The scope of our work includes a conditions assessment, Historic Tax Credit Applications, field verification of existing conditions, construction documentations for the historic rehabilitation scope, and design services related to interior and exterior renovation rehabilitation.
Essentially, Page & Turnbull will be analyzing and engineering the restoration process, to ensure the Exploratorium as a safe and energy-efficient space for visitors of the museum to appreciate.
Additionally, our Historic Evaluation Report examined the proposed project to meet the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. This report provided an architectural description, historic context and evaluation of the existing piers and their relationship to the surrounding Embarcadero Historic District.