The ground-breaking for the new $300m Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, US, has taken place.
The project, designed by US-based EHDD Architecture, will include refurbishing and seismically upgrading the 249 Pier, where the museum will be located.
The museum will be built in two phases on the nine-acre campus, starting with Pier 15 and extending into Pier 17 in the future.
The campus will unite the Exploratorium's educational activities under one roof and will feature exhibition spaces, classrooms and increase capacity of the Teacher Institute.
It will be equipped with a 1.4MW photovoltaic array on the roof, bay water heating and cooling system and other components.
The facility is expected to achieve the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
The building management has raised $209m from private sources and intends to further raise the remaining $91m for the facility, which will open in 2013.