San Francisco, CA

Located in Golden Gate Park, the museum’s building was completely rebuilt in 2008, after the Loma Prieta earthquake badly damaged the old structure. With a total floor area of 410,000 square feet and a construction cost of nearly half a billion dollars, the new building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and famous for its wavy green roof, was, at the time of completion, one of the largest and most advanced environmentally-sustainable buildings in the world.

The main mission of the California Academy of Sciences is “to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth”. As anticipated, the museum encompasses four sections: the Steinhart Aquarium, the Morrison Planetarium, the Osher Rainforest, and the Kimball Natural History Museum


Our chief desiger in collaboration with Arup of San Francisco provided sustainable master planning  and infrastructure design services in addition to MEP consulting for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, San Francisco CA. The museum will house a series of galleries, event spaces, theaters, restaurants interactive and external community spaces totaling 265,000 NSF.


The Museum’s project goals included the buildings be designed and certified to a minimum LEED Platinum rating with a target of Platinum. We also provided assistance in Façade Modelling and design integration. Green Features:, Green Roof, Radiant Heating & Cooling, Green Roofs, Natural Ventilation, Photovoltaics, Gray and Rainwater Harvesting, Displacement Ventilation – Mix Mode


Type: New Construction and Historical Retrofit
Size: 410,000 SF
Architect: Renzo Piano and Stantec Architects


601 Montgomery Street, Suite 1450
San Francisco, CA 94111


415 987 3337