Bay Area Discovery Museum

557 McReynolds Road, East Fort Baker, Sausalito

Cahill completed several projects for the Bay Area Discovery Museum, beginning with the children museum's initial relocation to Fort Baker, a beautiful site located underneath the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito.  

Phase I: 

The project consisted of a comprehensive renovation to four existing historic structures that came to serve as the initial home for the museum. The abandoned army buildings were augmented structurally with new footings, piers, footing walls, grade beams, and slabs. Site improvements included new and replaced gas, water, electrical service, and storm drainage. New AC overlay was placed over the existing paving with some new curbs and swales incorporated. The site was landscaped via hydroseeding and bark ground-covers. Wood fencing, gates and new wood access decks were constructed. Phase I was completed in 1991.

Phase II: 

Phase II consisted of major rehabilitation to three buildings and construction of a new building. Phase II was completed in 1993.

Site Improvements & New Entry Building:

This project covered 2.5 acres of site clearing and grubbing, soil abatement, shoring, miscellaneous interior demolition, lead abatement, interior structural seismic repairs and interior improvements to five existing building structures. Additionally, new construction was completed for a 12,500 s.f. two-story entry building with a modern theater facility and many sustainable growth elements featured throughout. Extensive site utility improvements and landscaping improvements were also undertaken for public exhibit areas and unique features and attractions. This work was performed from 2002-2005.

California Preservation Foundation, 2005 Preservation Design Award

"In our fourteen years of working together we have found Cahill Contractors to be a wonderful partner with the Museum.  Our projects have included complex interactions […] as well as completing construction, while keeping the Museum open.  These factors make Museum projects particularly challenging and we have been very pleased with Cahill’s ability to be flexible and work with the Museum to achieve our overall goals."

Janet Petitpas, Acting Director - Bay Area Discovery Museum

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