Location: San Francisco, CA
Ready-mix Concrete Supplier: Bode Concrete, a Central Concrete Family Member
Subcontractors: PowerEngineering, Mason Construction, Nibbi Concrete
General Contractor: Nibbi Brothers
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-foot-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 are both sustainable and durable enough to withstand a harsh maritime climate. The project is certified LEED Platinum and, as of May 2016, is close to reaching its goal of being the country’s largest Net Zero energy museum and an industry model for what is possible in contemporary museums.
To assist the Exploratorium in achieving its sustainability goals, several high-performance mixes were specified. These included low carbon mixes for the foundation elements.