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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New Exploratorium Opening!

Have you been following the rebuilding and move of the Exploratorium from the Palace of Fine Arts to Piers 15/17? The grand opening is tomorrow, April 17 - see what's happening here.

What's new?
-Location! It's between the Ferry Building and Fisherman's Wharf
-Pier 15 opens tomorrow. The work on Pier 17 follws.
-Energy efficiency. Is it surprising the facility is aiming for a LEED Gold designation, with net zero energy consumption (and possibly the first net-zero energy science center in the world)? Solar panels will provide 100% of electrical needs. Radiant floors provide heating/cooling using Bay water. Runoff water for the roof provides toilet water.
-They'll have a cafe!
-Huge, bay views
-on-site outdoor exhibits
-second story rooftop terrace
-easily accessible by public transportation
-triples the exhibit space
-over nine acres of waterfront space, and almost five times larger raw space than they had at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Let us know what you think of the changes. After you go to the new location, make some comments below!

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