Consultancy services for the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which features a rippling fiberglass facade.

LEED Gold achieved

The new 10-storey expansion structure for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art almost doubles the gallery’s size, and almost triples its available exhibition space. Eckersley O’Callaghan provided engineering consultancy services for the building’s distinctive rippling facade.

The facade consists of a mix of solid and glazed surfaces, with over 700 uniquely shaped fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) panels attached to a curtain wall system. SF MOMA is the first building to be clad in FRP at this scale.

Embedded into the surface of the panels, silicate crystals react to the changing daylight. The glazed elements include tall frameless panels specially designed to accommodate seismic movements.

We assisted in rationalisation of the glazing and solid wall, FRP construction, and evaluation of the contractors’ proposals to achieve the design intent in a cost-effective solution. Through fabrication and installation, we carried out quality assurance monitoring to ensure that design quality was maintained.

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)