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PALO ALTO JUNIOR MUSEUM & ZOO

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CLIENT: Friends of the JMZ
LOCATION: Palo Alto, California

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The existing museum facility sits within the larger context of Rinconada Park, one of Palo Alto’s largest public parks. The Center offers 1,100 comprehensive hands-on science classes to 4,000 students in local elementary schools annually. The success of these programs led to the need to develop a master plan study for a new facility on the existing site. The master planning process will help the Center develop safe and effective ways to better teach children about animals, science, and conservation of resources. Exhibits will provide concrete, multi-sensorial and kinesthetic learning experiences that spark curiosity about physics, earth science and the natural world.

For this project, sustainability is more than just a metric of how the building performs; sustainability is a teaching tool and core to the mission of teaching children about science and their environment. The end project will seek net-zero energy solutions not only for building performance, but for the building itself to be a teaching tool. Rainwater harvesting, solar collection, green roofs, and outdoor classrooms will be integral to the design and serve to further the center’s mission of teaching children about conservation of their environment and our collective impact upon it.

WORK IN PROGRESS

PALO ALTO JUNIOR MUSEUM & ZOO

INFO

PROJECT INFORMATION

CLIENT: Friends of the JMZ
LOCATION: Palo Alto, California

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The existing museum facility sits within the larger context of Rinconada Park, one of Palo Alto’s largest public parks. The Center offers 1,100 comprehensive hands-on science classes to 4,000 students in local elementary schools annually. The success of these programs led to the need to develop a master plan study for a new facility on the existing site. The master planning process will help the Center develop safe and effective ways to better teach children about animals, science, and conservation of resources. Exhibits will provide concrete, multi-sensorial and kinesthetic learning experiences that spark curiosity about physics, earth science and the natural world.

For this project, sustainability is more than just a metric of how the building performs; sustainability is a teaching tool and core to the mission of teaching children about science and their environment. The end project will seek net-zero energy solutions not only for building performance, but for the building itself to be a teaching tool. Rainwater harvesting, solar collection, green roofs, and outdoor classrooms will be integral to the design and serve to further the center’s mission of teaching children about conservation of their environment and our collective impact upon it.

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  • PROJECT INFORMATION

    CLIENT: Friends of the JMZ
    LOCATION: Palo Alto, California

    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    The existing museum facility sits within the larger context of Rinconada Park, one of Palo Alto’s largest public parks. The Center offers 1,100 comprehensive hands-on science classes to 4,000 students in local elementary schools annually. The success of these programs led to the need to develop a master plan study for a new facility on the existing site. The master planning process will help the Center develop safe and effective ways to better teach children about animals, science, and conservation of resources. Exhibits will provide concrete, multi-sensorial and kinesthetic learning experiences that spark curiosity about physics, earth science and the natural world.

    For this project, sustainability is more than just a metric of how the building performs; sustainability is a teaching tool and core to the mission of teaching children about science and their environment. The end project will seek net-zero energy solutions not only for building performance, but for the building itself to be a teaching tool. Rainwater harvesting, solar collection, green roofs, and outdoor classrooms will be integral to the design and serve to further the center’s mission of teaching children about conservation of their environment and our collective impact upon it.