Exploratorium, Pier 15 & 17, San Francisco
Polatnick Properties represented the Exploratorium in its process of reviewing and expanding their existing space in The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The project goal was to double the occupied space and consolidate all operations under one roof, while increasing public access.
The Exploratorium hired Polatnick Properties to assess their current 100,000 square foot facility and its suitability for the organization’s future needs. The Exploratorium chose Polatnick due to his consulting experience with non-profit entities, building repositioning and reuse, zoning, depth of knowledge, and consensus-based team building approach.
The Exploratorium undertook focus groups both within the organization and with the general public to clarify its mission and direction. Detailed financial analysis was used to facilitate lease vs. own discussions. Extensive studies were conducted on suitable locations, public transportation, zoning, community group involvement, construction cost differentials, and redevelopment potential. The Exploratorium secured a long-term lease at Piers 15-17. The new Exploratorium at Pier 15, including the interior mezzanine, the observatory addition, outdoor terrace, and public access areas is 230,000 square feet with expansion rights to an additional 110,000 at Pier 17.