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2014 and Beyond: San Francisco’s New Developments

2014 and Beyond: San Francisco’s New Developments


The San Francisco Shipyard Takes Shape Along the City’s Southeastern Shoreline
Construction Underway

Located along nine miles of shoreline, The San Francisco Shipyard and Candlestick Point is a multi-billion-dollar, transformative redevelopment by Lennar that will include contemporary urban housing, exciting retail and entertainment venues, ideally located commercial space, and 326 acres of park land for all San Franciscans to enjoy. Lennar’s internationally recognized redevelopment spans 20 years and encompasses the 495-acre Shipyard, a de-commissioned Navy base along San Francisco’s southeast waterfront – also home to the nation’s largest and oldest artist colony, and Candlestick Point, immediately to the south of The San Francisco Shipyard, which occupies 280 acres of San Francisco waterfront. With The San Francisco Shipyard and Candlestick Point, a longtime vision of revitalization and renewal becomes reality for the largest remaining tract of developable land in San Francisco. Construction at The San Francisco Shipyard, which was established in 1870, is currently underway and the first homes are scheduled to be completed for initial occupancy by this summer. Sales will commence in late spring with the opening of a welcome and sales center. Candlestick Park, home of the legendary San Francisco 49ers which will open their 2014 season in Levi’s Stadium, is slated for demolition in 2015. For information visit Media contact: Jenn Wade, Glodow Nead Communications, 415-394-6500,

SFO Terminal 3 Boarding Area E Opens
Completion Date: Jan. 28, 2014

San Francisco International Airport’s Boarding Area E, the first phase of Terminal 3’s renovation reopens to travelers on Jan. 28, 2014. Home to United Airlines, SFO’s largest carrier, the $138 million project has completely transformed the boarding area. Key features include high-tech interactive displays, thoughtful amenities, local dining and shopping options and a sustainable design expected to achieve LEED® Gold certification. The renovation of Terminal 3 East (T3E) is a capital program that includes two projects: the 68,000-square-foot Boarding Area E, the eastern pier of Terminal 3; and the 150,000-square-foot connecting eastern concourse to Boarding Area F. Originally constructed in 1981, Boarding Area E offers 10 gates for United Airlines passengers. Renovated through a design-build partnership between Hensel Phelps, Gensler and the KPA Group, the updated boarding area will offer spacious waiting areas, natural lighting and sweeping views, luxury amenities, unique local retail and dining options, and thoughtful spaces for business travelers and families. Upon re-opening in January, the new boarding area will be able to accommodate customers on more than 50 arrivals and 50 departures each day. The next phase of the T3E project will be the connecting concourse between Boarding Area E and Boarding Area F that includes a state-of-the-art security checkpoint with up to 10 lanes and new “wait time” technology, an additional three gates, and expanded concessions and guest amenities. With a budget of $209 million, this portion of the project will re-open in phases between July 2014 and July 2015. For information visit Media contact: Doug Yakel, 650-821-4000,

New Cruise Terminal Slated for Pier 27
Completion Date: Fall 2014

Innovation, the environment and economic development will come together at the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 as the Port of San Francisco redevelops this 10-acre site into a modern cruise terminal and waterfront park. The Pier 27 terminal will meet the evolved security and passenger demands of the cruise industry and has been designed to accommodate special event uses when there are no cruise operations. The new cruise terminal will include shoreside power that will eliminate cruise ship emissions at berth and have a LEED Silver certification for construction and operation. For information visit or call 415-274-0400. Media contact: Renee Dunn Martin, Port of San Francisco, 415-274-0488,

Moscone Center Breaks Ground for Expansion
Construction Begins: December 2014

For many years, San Francisco’s Moscone Center has operated at capacity, even though it has expanded three times since the first building, Moscone South, was erected in 1981. Following a $56 million upgrade which was completed in May, 2012, this December the Center will embark on a fourth expansion. Funded by the Moscone Expansion District (MED) and the City & County of San Francisco, Moscone Center is slated to add approximately 226,000 square feet. Representing the MED, San Francisco’s Department of Public Works will manage the project with support provided by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP is the project architect. The general contractor for the project is Webcor Builders. The proposed project site includes both Moscone North and South, with approximately half of the work being done underground in order to better connect the two buildings. No work will take place at Moscone West which was completed in 2003, or east of Third Street. Preliminary plans for the expansion focus on three key areas: an increase of 110,000 gross square feet in exhibit space creating approximately 550,000 gross square feet of contiguous exhibition space; 43,000 gross square feet increase in meeting space; expanded lobby space in Moscone North and South and demolition of the current Esplanade Lobby. Preliminary plans also call for the construction of a pedestrian bridge across Howard Street between Moscone North and South and an upgrade to the existing pedestrian bridge that spans Howard. Construction is expected to be completed in 2018. For information visit Media contact: Laurie Armstrong, 415-227-2615,

Treasure Island Development Plans Include Residential Units, Public Open Space, Hotels
Construction Begins: Early 2015

Development plans for the former Naval Station Treasure Island, comprised of man-made Treasure Island and natural Yerba Buena Island and located at the mid-point of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, include approximately 500 hotel rooms, up to 8,000 new residential units, a 400-slip marina, restaurants, retail and entertainment venues — plus nearly 300 acres of parks and public open space, including shoreline access and culture uses such as a museum. The development will be clustered around a new ferry terminal and is designed to prioritize walking, biking and public transit.

Already projected to be the most environmentally-sustainable large development project in U.S. history, Treasure and Yerba Buena islands are currently home to approximately 1,800 San Francisco residents, multiple small businesses including four boutique wineries, public art installations such as Marco Cochrane’s “Bliss Dance” sculpture, and awe-inspiring views of downtown San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay and the new Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge. For information visit or call 415-274-0660. Media contact: Mirian Saez, Director of Island Operations, 415-274-0669,

New Campus of the University of California San Francisco Speeds Pace of Biomedical Research
Completion Date (Medical Center): 2015

Visitors to the city arriving via highway I-280 will notice ongoing construction adjacent to the freeway. This is the 57-acre campus of UC San Francisco at Mission Bay, a new health sciences campus for teaching, research and, increasingly, patient care. The anchor of the city’s Mission Bay development, the campus is being constructed in phases and at full build-out will have 20 structures. January 2013 marked the tenth anniversary of the campus, which now is home to three Nobel laureates and roughly 4,000 faculty members, staff and students, as well as dozens of new startup companies that have spun out of UC research labs. The campus includes six research buildings, a campus community center, student housing, parking structures and open space, surrounded by a growing community of bioscience companies and venture capital firms. March 22, 2013 marked the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building, or Mission Hall at UCSF Mission Bay. The seven-floor, 265,000-square-foot building will open in 2014 and bring together all the faculty, staff, and students involved in the University’s global health programs. UCSF also is constructing a new medical center at Mission Bay. The 289-bed, integrated medical center will serve children, women and cancer patients, and will open in February 2015. For more information, visit Media contact: UCSF Public Affairs, 415-502-NEWS.

Public Realm Plan Brings Fisherman’s Wharf a Makeover and Upgrade
Completion Date: 2015

The redesign of Jefferson Street from Powell to Hyde Streets gives pedestrians the highest priority in terms of the quality of materials and the design of new mini-plazas that will allow visitors to stop, relax and take in the scene. Sidewalks will provide generous space for outdoor dining, public seating, informal performance space and landscaping. Traffic on Jefferson Street will be limited to no more than 10-15 mph, giving pedestrians the opportunity to safely cross the street. A parking wayfinding signage program has been implemented by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) that directs drivers approaching from both the east and west to the most convenient parking structure or lot. New design guidelines will ensure a substantially higher quality of architecture, including ground floor design, materials, massing, articulation and fenestration in the new development. The plan also calls for improved intersections and street segments, with pedestrian corner plazas, shortened crossing distances, pedestrian scale lighting and landscaping. The plan has identified a number of other locations for new and refurbished public open spaces. For information visit Media contact: Neil Hrushowy, Ph.D., M.S., Planner/Urban Designer, San Francisco Planning Department, 415-558-6471,

San Francisco International Airport Builds New Air Control Tower
Completion Date: Fall 2015

SFO and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are building a new Air Traffic Control Tower that will provide the airport with the latest in technology and design. Standing 221-feet tall, the new tower features an inviting flared design clad in curved metal paneling. Situated in the space between Terminals 1 and 2, the new tower will replace the existing control tower located atop Terminal 2. The project also includes a new three-story Integrated Facility building for the FAA and other personnel, two connector walkways, and improvements to the Terminal 1 Boarding Area C Entrance. Construction of the new control tower and base building began in summer 2012, and it is expected to be operable by fall 2015. For information visit Media contact: Doug Yakel, 650-821-4000,

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Opens Expanded Home
Completion Date: 2016

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is planning a transformative building expansion that will more than double the museum’s gallery and public spaces; offer enhanced exhibition and educational programs; and showcase its expanded permanent collection, which includes the Fisher Collection one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world—along with other major gifts to the museum through the recent Collections Campaign. Developed by architectural firm Snøhetta in collaboration with SFMOMA, the expansion will join the existing building with a new approximately 235,000-square-foot, 10-story high rise expansion that spans from Minna to Howard Streets. It will provide nearly 143,000 additional square feet of gallery space, as well as some 41,000 square feet of free-access public space — much of it art-filled, more than doubling the current capacity for the presentation of art while maintaining a sense of intimacy and deepening connections to the museum's urban surroundings. The $610 million project includes $245 million for SFMOMA's current $100 million endowment. SFMOMA last completed a major expansion in 1995 when it moved from rented space in the War Memorial building across from City Hall to the distinctive Mario Botta-designed structure on Third Street. The new SFMOMA will be Snøhetta'a first building on the West Coast. Initial design concepts were unveiled in the spring of 2011 and updated in fall of 2013 with additional spaces and new capacities. For information visit or call 415-357-4000; a video about SFMOMA's expansion is available at . Media contact: Robyn Wise, 415-357-4172,

Golden State Warriors Announce Plan to Build Event Pavilion on San Francisco Waterfront
Completion Date: 2017

On May 22, 2012, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that the Golden State Warriors plan to build a new sports and entertainment event pavilion on the San Francisco waterfront at Piers 30-32 in time for the 2017-18 NBA season. Under the deal, the City will provide the site, and the Warriors will pay the upfront costs of repairing the crumbling piers (at a cost of more than $120 million) and will privately finance the event pavilion – with no money from the City’s general fund and no new taxes. Piers 30-32 are currently a $50 million liability to the City – the site is a dilapidated parking lot crumbling into the bay. Building a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly event pavilion, amid a myriad of public transportation options represents smart development and an incredible economic engine – and it will create thousands of new jobs for Bay Area residents. The new pavilion will be perfectly located for pedestrian and public transit options – with a Muni Metro stop at its doorstep and only a few blocks from Embarcadero Station and the new Transbay Transit Center, which will also open in 2017. With convenient options for BART, Muni, Caltrain and even ferry service, the event pavilion will be one of the most transit-friendly facilities in the nation. The Warriors selected the world-class architectural firm Snøhetta — which is also designing the new SFMOMA — as the team's lead designer for the event pavilion and restored piers, which feature eight acres (three Union Squares' worth) of parks and plazas. For information visit Media contacts: Nathan Ballard,, 415-235-6283 or P.J. Johnston,, 415-260-8417.

“Grand Central of the West Coast” — Transbay Transit Center Will Create Regional Transit Hub
Completion Date: 2017

The roughly $4.5 billion Transbay Transit Center Project will replace the former Transbay Terminal at First and Mission Streets in San Francisco with a modern regional transit hub connecting eight counties in the Bay Area and the state of California through 11 transit systems including future high speed rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The former Transbay Terminal was constructed in 1939 and no longer met current or future transportation needs of the region or state. The new one-million-square-foot, five-story Transbay Transit Center will feature a 5.4-acre public park on the roof. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new multi-modal facility were held on Aug. 11, 2010. For information, visit Media contacts: Adam Alberti or Stephanie Reichin, 415-227-9700, or

Central Subway to Provide Critical Transportation Links to Southeast Neighborhoods
Completion Date: 2018 (Construction); Service Begins in 2019

The Central Subway is Phase 2 of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Third Street Light Rail Program, one of the most significant capital investments for the nation’s seventh largest transit system. Phase 1 of the 6.8 -mile project, the T-Third Line, began operating in April 2007 and restored light rail service to the residents along the Third Street corridor of San Francisco for the first time in 50 years. The Central Subway will provide rail service into Chinatown, one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the Bay Area not currently served by modern rail transportation. The new, 1.7 -mile light rail line will provide a direct connection to SOMA, Moscone Center, Union Square and Chinatown. It will also connect the Mission Bay community, the new University of California San Francisco Mission Bay campus and the revitalized Bayview-Hunters Point to downtown and improve regional connections to BART and Caltrain, the Bay Area’s two largest regional commuter rail services. For information visit or call 415-701-4371. Media contact: Paul Rose, 415-601-1637,

Today: Seawall Lot 337 – Tomorrow: Mission Rock
Completion Date: To Be Determined

Seawall Lot 337 (SWL 337) is a 16-acre site at the Port of San Francisco, located near China Basin Channel in the Mission Bay area. Currently used as a surface parking lot in support of AT&T Park, the site also includes the adjacent Pier 48 warehouse. In May 2010, the San Francisco Port Commission approved an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement for this development opportunity to Seawall Lot 337 Associates. The phased development plan includes space for retail, office, residential, events, exhibits and parking, with more than seven acres of public open space offering sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. For information visit or call 415-274-0400. Media contact: Renee Martin, Port of San Francisco, 415-274-0488,

More Recent San Francisco’s Developments:

SFJAZZ Opens New SFJAZZ Center in the Heart of San Francisco
Completion Date: January 2013

The $64 million, SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., opened on Jan. 21, 2013 and is built specifically for jazz music and audiences alike. It is the first concert hall of its kind in the United States: a freestanding performance venue with flexible seating and staging for artists of every stature. The Hayes Valley location is just blocks from Davies Symphony Hall, the War Memorial Opera House, the Asian Art Museum, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The 35,000-square-foot, transparent structure designed by Mark Cavagnero of Mark Cavagnero Associates, features a flexible, 700-seat performance hall, dedicated space for education and professional development; three rehearsal spaces; a digital music lab, and a sidewalk-level restaurant/café from Charles Phan of The Slanted Door fame. For information visit or call 415-398-5655. Media contact: Marshall Lamm, 510-928-1410,

The Bay Lights LED Light Sculpture
Completion Date: March 5, 2013

Designed by artist Leo Villareal, The Bay Lights is an extraordinary art installation which consists of more than 25,000 individually programmable, energy-efficient LED lights added in March 2013 to the vertical cables of the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Controlled by complex algorithms, The Bay Lights is the world’s largest LED light sculpture. The lights are on from dusk until dawn. For information, visit Media contact: Tami Kelly, 925-640-9997,

Museum of Craft and Design Settles into New Home in Dogpatch’s American Industrial Center
Completion Date: April 6, 2013

The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) opened a new 8,500-square-foot space in the historic American Industrial Center, 2569 Third St., in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood on April 6, 2013. The new facility provides the MCD with expanded exhibition space and its first-ever dedicated education room for its popular public programs, including MakeArt workshops and special craft and design panels. The new location comes following MCD’s year-long search for a suitable facility that would allow for the continued growth of the museum's artistic mission and future exhibition schedule. MCD’s addition to the neighborhood supports the continued transformation of the Dogpatch area into a thriving enclave for arts, culture, dining and entertainment. Dating to 1915 the three-block-long American Industrial Center structure was originally home to American Can Company, fitting in with the industrial and manufacturing industries in the area at the time. Today, as Dogpatch has evolved and benefitted from public access provided by San Francisco’s Third Street light rail, the building houses a mix of tenants including San Francisco Art Institute, architects, artists, photographers and graphic designers. For information visit or call 415-773-0303. Media contact: Wendy Norris, 415-307-3853,

Exploratorium Moves to the Embarcadero Pier 15
Completion Date: April 17, 2013

On April 17, 2013, just in advance of the 34th America’s Cup, the Exploratorium opened its new waterfront home at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at Green Street. The Exploratorium is San Francisco’s internationally acclaimed museum of science, considered the global leader in informal learning. This historic renovation project provides a campus that triples the Exploratorium’s indoor and outdoor space to 330,000 square feet, including a new glass Bay Observatory building, which invites visitors to explore the invisible dynamics of both the bay and city. The Exploratorium’s new home also features 1.5 acres of public space, opening spectacular views previously unavailable for decades, and the ability to circumnavigate Pier 15 through a series of pedestrian bridges. Located between Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, the new Exploratorium is a newly polished gem for San Francisco’s waterfront that includes a new “town square,” large scale outdoor exhibits and art works in the public space, as well as a ticketed outdoor gallery for the first time, the goal of a net-zero energy building, and 600 exhibits at the center of the city and at a nexus of public transit, vastly improving access for all. For information visit or Media contact: Jenny Slafkosky, 415-528-4367,

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Retrofit
Completion Date: Sept. 2, 2013

Completed in 1936, the Bay Bridge earned the honor of being declared the seventh wonder of the world in 1955 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. On Sept. 2, 2013 work on the new east span was completed; work on the west span was completed in early 2009. This major seismic retrofit was the most ambitious public works project in California history. The estimated cost of the new bridge is $6.416 billion. The east span of the bridge was replaced with an elegant skyway made up of 452 pre-cast concrete slabs. The bridge is the first construction project to be featured on Google Earth. The bridge also holds two Guinness World Records. The new east span is the widest bridge with a total deck width of 258.33 feet (78.740 m), including 10 lanes of roadway, a 15.5-ft-wide (4.724-m) bike path and a gap where the central tower supports the two bridge deck sections. The new bridge has also been honored with the title for longest self-anchored suspension span bridge in the world, with a length of 2,047 feet. For the first time in history pedestrians and cyclists also have access to the bridge. The complexity of the project was heightened with the need to accommodate a daily flow of 280,000 vehicles and minimize closures. Demolition of the old east span structure began in the fall of 2013 and is expected to continue for the next 36 months. The expected lifespan of this mighty bay behemoth is 150 years. For information visit Media contact: Bay Bridge Public Information Office, 510-286-7167.


Pier 43 Promenade Links with The Embarcadero Promenade
Completion Date: December 2012

Once a dilapidated parking lot located near the Ferry Arch, the $10 million, newly constructed Pier 43 Promenade is now an 8,000-square-foot plaza adjacent to Pier 45 resting upon an upgraded section of the seawall. This new public promenade will serve millions of visitors each year, allowing them to pause and enjoy the view, with new lighting and picnic tables. Located in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, the Pier 43 Promenade extends The Embarcadero Promenade two blocks from Powell to Taylor Streets, reaching Pier 45, the fishing industry and crab stands along Taylor Street. For information visit or call 415-274-0400. Media contact: Renee Dunn Martin, Port of San Francisco, 415-274-0488,

Metreon Celebrates Yerba Buena Gardens
Completion Date: October 2012

New offerings and an improved design are at the heart of the renewed Metreon, 101 Fourth St. Designed to appeal to and draw more consumers to the 360,000-square-foot facility at Yerba Buena Gardens, the improvements by owner Westfield celebrate the park, improve the visitor experience, and complement nearby cultural and entertainment activities. A customer friendly design makes it easier to navigate and the building is lighter and brighter inside and out. A redesigned mid-block entry on Fourth Street serves as the new main entrance and new retail entrances open to the street. A relocated food court and dining terrace overlook the park and include outdoor seating. Tenants are local, regional and national and include the new City Target which opened in October 2012. For information visit or call 415-369-6002. Media contact: Heather Almond, 415-512-6776,


GLBT Historical Society Opens New Exhibit Space in Castro District
Completion Date: January 2011

The GLBT Historical Society has opened at an additional location in the heart of the Castro at 4127 18th St. The 1,600-square-foot exhibit space is housed in a former coin laundry. Walgreens drugstore occupies part of the footprint and paid for all remodeling of the interior space. The Castro location debuted with a soft opening surveying each element of the GLBT society archives including scrapbooks, periodicals, ephemera, clothing, original photographs and a few surprises. For information visit or call 415-777-5455. Media contact: Paul Boneberg, 415-777-5455,

San Francisco International Airport Remodels Terminal Two (T2) into New Domestic Hub
Completion Date: April 2011

The remodeling of San Francisco International Airport’s former international terminal (Terminal Two) into a new domestic terminal is completed. Vacant since 2000 when international carriers moved into the new international terminal, the old terminal remodeling plans were spurred by an eight percent increase in air traffic from June 2007 to June 2008, a result of a steady growth in international traffic and the start-up of three new domestic carriers: Virgin America Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines. The $383 million, 587,000-square-foot project has transformed the structure from a 10-gate wide-body facility into a 13 narrow-body and single wide-body configuration for domestic airlines. T2 is LEED Gold certified and one of the most modern and sustainable terminals in the United States, with features such as the re-use of most of the existing structure, expanded use of pre-conditioned air and 400 Hz ground power at all gates to reduce jet fuel emissions, use of natural lighting, aggressive recycling policies for all tenants and many other efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SFO’s Domestic Terminal 2 is home to San Francisco-based Virgin America and American Airlines (relocated from Terminal 3). T2 also includes a spa, children’s play areas, restaurant and retail space. The terminal is designed by Gensler Architects and Michael Willis Architects. For information visit Media contact: Doug Yakel, 650-821-4000,


Renovated and Expanded Oakland Museum of California
Opening Date: May 1, 2010

Created in 1969 as a “museum for the people,” the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) reopened on May 1, 2010. Still anchored to its founding vision, the museum is introducing innovative exhibitions and programming in a building that has been completely renovated and expanded. The $62.2 million project includes art, history and natural science exhibits that feature visitor-generated content; installations that provide multiple perspectives on California art, history and nature; unconventional exhibition design that draws on the aesthetic of theater stage sets; exhibitions that reflect the experiences of different migrant groups, supported by multilingual wall text in English, Spanish and Chinese; and “transparent” wall text that provides insight into research and choices by curators and other museum staff. For the first time the museum has a dedicated space for media works. The Gallery of California Art holds more than 800 works from OMCA’s collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive holdings of California art in the world. The Gallery of California History tells the story of Coming to California and employs more than 2,200 historical artifacts, works of art, ethnographic materials and original photographs to illuminate the influence of successive waves of migration. A new Gallery of California Natural Sciences opened in May 2013. For information visit or call 510-238-2200. Media contact: Kelly Koski, 510-318-8453,


The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco
Opening Date: Oct. 1, 2009

Three historic buildings within the Presidio of San Francisco now house 10 galleries devoted to the inspiring story of Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Disneyland and the global yet distinctly American company that bears his name. Disney’s story is portrayed through drawings he made in his youth; drawings and cartoons from his first company, Laugh-O-gram Films; early drawings of Mickey Mouse; storyboards, a Disney innovation; the technically innovative Multiplane Camera; the narrow-gauge Lilly Belle train he built for his Hollywood home and a model of the Disneyland that sprang from his imagination. Throughout the exhibits there are also film clips, concept art, scripts, musical scores and cameras used to create his characters and films. His family is represented in photographs, artifacts, home movies and personal correspondence. More than 200 video monitors are incorporated in the museum as well as a wide range of materials and technologies, including interactive displays. The museum includes a 123-seat screening facility, a learning center, a store and a café. All admission to the museum will be by timed entry tickets. For information visit or call 415-345-6800. Media contact: Andrea Wang, 415-345-6816,


“The Greenest Museum in the World” - California Academy of Sciences
Opening Date: Sept. 27, 2008

The new California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., opened in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Sept. 27, 2008. Four years and $488 million in the making, the facility combines an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and scientific research and education facilities. The Academy houses the world's largest all-digital planetarium, a four-story living rainforest, and the world's deepest display of living corals, all under the same roof, a living one at that. An embodiment of the Academy's mission to explore, explain and protect the natural world, it is topped with a 2.5-acre living roof planted with native California species, and employs a wide range of energy-saving materials and technologies. The new building blends seamlessly into the landscape of Golden Gate Park. More than 38,000 live animals fill the new Academy's aquarium and natural history exhibits. On Oct. 7, 2008 the U.S. Green Building Council issued its formal rating for the new building, awarding the Renzo Piano-designed facility with its highest possible certification: LEED Platinum, making it the “greenest museum in the world.” For information visit or call 415-379-8000. Media contact: Andrew Ng, 415-379-5123, or Kelly Mendez, 415-379-5133,

Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM)
Opening Date: June 8, 2008

The new home of the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), 736 Mission St., opened June 8, 2008. Under the creative direction of architect Daniel Libeskind, the $47.5 million, 63,000 square-foot museum is an adaptive reuse of the landmark 1907 Jessie Street Power Substation with an extension clad in 3,000 vibrant blue steel panels. The building embodies a number of symbolic references to Jewish and Kabbalistic concepts. Libeskind was inspired by the Hebrew phrase “l’chaim” (to life) because of its connection to the role the substation played in restoring energy to San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and the museum’s mission to be a lively center for engaging audiences with Jewish culture. For information visit or call 415-655-7800. Media contact: Melanie Samay, 415-655-7833,

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