The unique appearance of the newly expanded SF Museum of Modern Art will change the face of the downtown San Francisco area. The bold 235,000 square foot expansion will more than double the capacity of the building to include 7 levels dedicated to art and public programming. The property will incorporate additional outdoor galleries and, per San Francisco ordinance, free public access space equaling 6 times the previous area. The building is on track to be LEED Gold certified with 15 percent energy use reduction, 30 percent water use reduction, and 20 percent reduction in wastewater generation.
Since its founding in 1935, the SFMOMA has undergone numerous additions and remodeling to answer growing interest. When it initially opened, the San Francisco Museum of Art was the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art. An average of 650,000 visitors pass through the exhibits each year to visit the internationally recognized collection of over 30,000 permanent and temporary works which continues to grow. The next chapter in the museum’s history will not only include a larger building, but a more welcoming and inspiring space to continue its legacy.
CLE team performed ASTM and AAMA water and air penetration and exfiltration testing of the specialized oversized curtain walls and glazed assemblies in multiple locations. The unique shapes associated with the design require large custom fabricated equipment and chambers for the testing purposes. This project will be completed in 2016.