In 2005, Webcor broke ground on the iconic California Academy of Sciences project in San Francisco.
This award-winning facility was designed by Pritzer Prize winning architect Renzo Piano and boasts exhibit spaces, specimen collections, aquarium life support, auditoriums, laboratories and education spaces, administration, retail and food service, back-of-house support, and a central utility plant.
The design is highlighted by an incredible 2.5-acre living roof that is rectangular in plan but has undulating hills and valleys covered with native plants and is bordered by PV arrays integrated into a glass awning structure. Due to the unique structure of the roof, Webcor hired a roller coaster company to create the curving ramp inside the dome that now houses the living rain forest. Eleven years after construction, the living roof is still thriving and is home to over 100 different species of plants! Check out the 2009 video footage below, featuring now Webcor President and CEO Jes Pedersen.