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California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco, ca

California Academy of Sciences TEECOM California Academy of Sciences

Overview California Academy of Sciences TEECOM

Fittingly located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences was the largest and greenest building of its type upon opening. In fact, the project was awarded the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction in North America. This 6-story, 410,000 sf living museum houses a wide array of exhibits including: an aquarium, the world’s first digital planetarium, a 4-story rainforest, a lecture hall, a living roof, an extensive research facility, and the world’s largest insect collection (more than 26 million specimens).

(image ©Tim Griffith)

California Academy of Sciences TEECOMTEECOM’s Contribution

TEECOM provided integrated technology design, technology project management, and construction administration for the new Cal Academy. The Academy spared no expense when investing in technology for the new Planetarium Dome. TEECOM and Visual Acuity collaborated to ultimately provide all 290 visitors per show an experience that is literally out-of-this-world. TEECOM provided the physical infrastructure that served as the critical backbone at the back-end, which allowed for Visual Acuity to optimize the digital technology at the front-end.

(Image ©Tim Griffith)


Behind the Walls

Part of the Planetarium for Free: TEECOM’s integrated technology approach enabled us to deliver $4,000,000 in upfront capital cost savings as well as $875,000 in ongoing operational costs. We like to say that Cal Academy was able to realize a portion of its Planetarium for free. Talk about a self-funded TEEm.

Services Provided



IT Spaces (MDF, IDFs, and Data Centers), Pathways, Structured Cabling, Outside-Plant Cabling, Rendering Equipment Room



Innovative Audio Encapsulation Technology; Distinct Audio Channels (over 1,000); Audiovisual Racks (over 100), Public Address, Planetarium Infrastructure, 3D Theater



Access Control & Alarm Monitoring System; Video Surveillance System; Intrusion Detection System; Entry Telephone and Intercom Systems



Integrated Building Network supporting all electronic systems (DAS, EMS, Audio and Video distribution, security, Wi-Fi, back-office systems), Local-Area Network Architecture, Core/Distribution/Access Layer, Network Security



Public and Private Wi-Fi; Distributed Antenna System (DAS) supporting Cellular and First Responder Radio



VoIP Systems

California Academy of Sciences

Location 55 Music Concourse Drive San Francisco ca, 94118

Project Type Conference Rooms, Exhibition Space, Museum, Research Laboratory

Project Team

Owner: California Academy of Sciences
Architect: Renzo Piano and Chong Partners

Project Size

410,000 sf

Completion Date

2008 (Audiovisual upgrades: 2017)

LEED Certification

LEED Double Platinum

Project Awards

2010 Green Good Design Awards – Architecture category

2009 AIA San Francisco Design Awards-Excellence in Architecture – Merit Award

2007 American Concrete Institute Award- Green/Environmental Category

2007 California Construction Best of California Awards (Overall Top Project, Outstanding Architectural Design, and Green Building categories)

2006 Environmental Protection Agency regional Environmental Award

2005 Holcim Award Silver – North America


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