About CPF and the Awards

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Museum of Science and Curiosity Team

Owner/Client – Shahnaz Van Deventer, Museum of Science and Curiosity

Architect – Jason Silva, Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture

Historic Preservation Architect – Jennifer Costa, Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture

General Contractor – Steve van Someren, Otto Construction

Structural Engineer – Larry Jones, Buehler Engineering, Inc.

Mechanical Engineer – Kevin Stillman, Capitol Engineering Consultants

Electrical Engineer – Scott Wheeler, The Engineering Enterprise

Civil Engineer – Jay Radke, NV5

Landscape Architect – Adam Kringel, Jacobs

Acoustical Engineer – Valerie Smith, Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc.

Exterior Repairs + Waterproofing – Matthew Worster, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Planetarium – Michael McConville, Spitz, Inc.

Museum of Science and Curiosity

The Museum of Science and Curiosity of Sacramento is a winner for the 2022 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.

About the Museum of Science and Curiosity Rehabilitation

The Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC) is an adaptive reuse of the PG&E River Station B into a destination with exhibits, planetarium, offices and support spaces for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education for the Sacramento region.

The Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC) transformed an abandoned riverfront structure into a LEED Platinum-certified regional hub for science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) education, exploration, and promotion. The historic PG&E River Station B underwent a complete rehabilitation and construction of a new second floor level inside which created 27,500 SF of exhibit space. A new two-story addition of 21,440 SF projects from the east side containing a lobby, classrooms, offices, café, and 120-seat planetarium dome theater. MOSAC anchors Robert T. Matsui Waterfront Park, borders the southern terminus of the 32-mile American River Bike Trail, and is a principal component of the Sacramento Riverfront revitalization. Originally designed in the Beaux Arts style by architect Willis Polk in 1912, it is on the National Register of Historic Places, California Register of Historical Resources, and the Sacramento Register of Historic & Cultural Resources.

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