Architect Snøhetta designed the building with an unconventional white exterior that includes large bulges and small ripples inspired by the bay and nearby waters. The architect’s liberal creativity was made possible by using a facade comprised of a synthetic fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite with added natural aggregates. The material, uniquely formulated by fabricator Kreysler and Associates, can be molded in an infinite amount of shapes and is considerably more cost effective and lightweight compared to traditional materials. Kreysler and Associates is molding the fire resistant material into 700 unique panels approximately 3/16th of an inch thick. Each panel will be fastened to an exterior aluminum frame and when completed will represent the largest installation ever of an FRP. Deliveries and installation of the panels are slated to start later this year.
The $305 million dollar expansion building will include outdoor terraces, performance theaters, a multitude of gallery rooms and overall will add 235,000 sq. feet of space to the existing 19 year old building. Builder Webcor is projected to finish the work by early 2016.