Exploratorium- Exterior

The Exploratorium is a world renowned science museum in San Francisco’s historic Wharf area. Located on Piers 15 and 17, the unique site presented many lighting design challenges. Due to high public usage, the exterior lighting systems needed to meet egress criteria set forth by the Port Authority and State Historical Society while meeting current Life Safety Codes typically applied to interior environments.  This required careful study, calculations, and on-site mockups. The exterior lighting systems included custom pole bases that also serve as utilities for power and data. Low glare, full cutoff luminaires addressed light pollution and trespass. The Induction Lamp has a long lamp life and is very energy efficient.  Programmable breakers and careful zoning with low voltage control stations allow for changing light levels for special events or exhibits.

Electric Lighting & Daylighting Design: David Nelson & Associates
Architect: EHDD Architects
Project Location: San Francisco, California
Project Size: 9 acres
Year Project Completed: 2013
Owner: The Exploratorium
All images © 2013 Bruce Damonte Photography, We-ef Lighting