This internationally acclaimed science museum’s new home is on San Francisco’s historic Piers 15 and 17, bringing life to a formerly dormant section of San Francisco’s waterfront. Integral Group performed the mechanical engineering, plumbing design, and fundamental commissioning for the building. The building is designed to be a zero net energy and net zero carbon building. It houses an observatory, public exhibitions, classrooms, programs, a restaurant and café, a museum store, a national center for teacher development, event space, laboratory space, exhibit fabrication spaces and workshops, and ancillary offices.
With integrated design, the building’s load has been reduced to less than half of that of a conventional museum building – the remainder of the building energy will be met with a large 1,400-kW solar photovoltaic system. After Zero Energy operation is confirmed, it will be the world’s largest public Zero Energy museum. Innovative mechanical and energy efficient system designs included in the project are: a bay water heat exchange system; radiant slab heating and cooling; natural ventilation; daylighting; heat pump heating. All electric heating allows for the net zero energy. The building also features a rainwater harvesting system for toilet flushing.