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Architecture firm EHDD specified 14 of Ellison Bronze Inc.'s custom balanced doors for the Exploratorium at Pier 15 museum of science, art and human perception on San Francisco's waterfront.Architecture firm EHDD specified 14 of Ellison Bronze Inc.'s custom balanced doors for the Exploratorium at Pier 15 museum of science, art and human perception on San Francisco's waterfront. The doors are located at the lobby and entrances. Three pairs of doors are at the lobby entrance, part of a two-story restored façade clad in stucco. The entrance contains four pairs of doors coordinated with the paneled façade.

Michael Rizza is senior engineer at Architectural Glass and Aluminum, the glazing installer for the project. "The doors complement the glass archway at the lobby entrance and the painted finish matches the aluminum-panel clad museum entrance," Rizza says.

The doors feature stile-and-rail construction of extruded aluminum material with an Enduring Bronze painted finish. Several door units include Ellison PowerNow power operation functionality.

Rick Feldman, AIA, LEED BD+C, project manager and associate principal at EHDD, says the doors met the project's functional and design requirements. "With the museum located directly on the waterfront, we needed a door system that could stand up to heavy traffic in a corrosive marine environment," he says. "The custom doors set the tone for the museum and fit the character of the historic building."

The Exploratorium was located at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco before moving to Pier 15, which is more than 80 years old. The LEED Platinum-certified project features a bay water heating and cooling system, rooftop photovoltaic arrays, rainwater collection and high-performance windows and glass. The 330,000-square-foot museum opened in its new location, with approximately three times the space of its old location, in April 2013.

Architect: EHDD, San Francisco
Glazing installer: Architectural Glass and Aluminum, Livermore, Calif.
Door supplier: Apollo Architectural, Penngrove, Calif.
Doors: Ellison Bronze Inc., Falconer, N.Y., www.ellisonbronze.com