Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jibboom Street Site & Powerhouse Science Center

Today the Sacramento City Council authorized negotiations on the proposed Sacramento Museum of History, Science and Technology and reuse of the Jibboom Street Power Station Site. The Council also entering into a second extension and exclusive right to negotiate with SMHST for a period of one year which were similar terms as the prior agreements.

It's the City desires to use preservation and adaptive reuse of the old Power Station, as well as add amenities to the adjacent Robert T. Matsui Waterfront Park. The SMHST proposes building the "Powerhouse Science Center" on the site, which will include a science, space and technology museum in the rehabilitated Power Station, with an adjacent restaurant and educational center, a planetarium, and an inviting open public park area. The new riverfront complex includes four floors of exhibit space within the historic building, a new digital planetarium theater, classrooms, Challenger Learning Center, riverfront restaurant and special events center.

The City Council has also agreed to transfer $200,000 from the River District Redevelopment Tax Increment funds to the Richards Blvd. Capitol Improvement Project with matching fund for the Powerhouse Science Center to be used on predevelopment activities that include architectural fees, engineering studies, environmental studies, and entitlement fees. The Science centers seeking $10 million in federal funds, $10 million in city and county, and $10 million from the state in addition to monies from foundations and private donations.

Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects
Developer: Carson Development Company
Science Center: 42,000 sq ft
Learning Center: 5,000 sq ft
Restaurant & Conf. Center: 14,000 sq ft
Completion 2011


mATT / | \ aRCH said...

I have seen this proposal before and I am not impressed. What is the concept? It looks like a few disparate ideas joined together.

Zwahlen Images said...

Considering the economic climate, I think were lucky to have anything proposed for the site. The concepts to transform this historic site into a world class, Smithsonian-affiliated science center. The architect said it this way “Our concept carefully preserves the facade of the original 1912 Willis Polk-designed structure while adding decidedly modern building elements as counterpoints. The project is aiming for LEED Gold certification and will have several cutting edge alternative energy demonstration features.”