Piers 15-17 (Watercolor rendering by Al Forster)
While the Chelsea Piers-esque development of Piers 27-31 is all but DOA, a plugged-in reader reminds us that the proposed rehabilitation and redevelopment of Piers 15-17 into a new home for the Exploratorium continues to move forward.

The buildings will be used to house the museum’s displays and exhibits, a museum store, events space, café or restaurant, exhibit fabrication area, classrooms, ancillary offices, a theatre and the popular Tactile Dome. The paved asphalt area [between the piers] will be removed to create a “water pile garden” and lagoon. It will provide public access to the Bay and outdoor museum exhibits. The project also includes a water taxi landing.

The current timeline calls for EIR certification by the end of the year, construction commencing in 2009, and a grand opening in 2011. We’ll see bump into you in the Dome.
Piers 15-17 The Exploratorium [SFGov]
Exploratorium: Embarcadero [exploratorium.edu]
Cruising (Pier 27) And Working (Piers 30-32) But Not Sporting At All [SocketSite]

One thought on “Piers On Which People Can Play (Albeit More With Their Minds)”
  1. What a refreshing change to have a civic project in an important public space for a major cultural institution go forth without endless delays, nitpicking and squabbling. All too rare in SF, alas…

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