THE CAMPAIGN FOR CURIODYSSEY
CuriOdyssey starts construction on exciting new Coyote Point campus
CuriOdyssey is beginning construction of a new campus to create a world-class center for early science learning in San Mateo County. The first phase includes “Whooosh!,” a Magical Bridge-inspired playground, and the Marina Gallery, which will feature a new exhibit gallery, two new learning labs, and a sweeping view of the bay. The new campus will re-imagine the county treasure that is CuriOdyssey for the needs of the 21st century.
Early science learning in the Bay Area
CuriOdyssey wants to address the country’s pressing need for science-literate adults by engaging kids in science when they are young, so they choose science classes in school instead of opting out as soon as they can.
We will champion early science learning in the Bay Area with a new campus that better supports children understanding science concepts through hands-on, playful experiences.
The new campus will also add more capacity and better showcase our beautiful Coyote Point setting.
Phase One: New campus launch
Whoosh! A Physics-in-Action Playground
To launch phase one, CuriOdyssey is building a $2 million Physics-in-Action playground, Whooosh! Designed by Magical Bridge Foundation, the playground incorporates universal design principles to ensure inclusive fun for all abilities and ages.
It also demonstrates the forces of physics in action (gravity, friction, and conservation angular momentum.) The playground is expected to open in early fall, 2021.
In 2022, the museum will break ground on the new 3,000 square foot Marina building.
The light-filled gallery will feature approximately 1,200 square feet of exhibit space (a 30% increase over existing exhibit areas), two state-of-the-art learning labs, and an outdoor covered terrace to take advantage of the waterside location and bay views.
Phase Two: New campus extension
The new campus includes plans for five additional structures, a total of 7, each designed to solve specific needs.
Phase Two will include a new otter exhibit to give the best of care to Gunner, the zoo’s rescued river otter, and create a space for more river otters in need of safe shelter.
It also includes new facilities for the wildlife keepers and the zoo’s education animals, administrative offices to support the planned increase in local, regional and national programs, additional exhibit space to accommodate market demand and more education labs to reach even more children.
Fundraising for the next phase is already underway.
“The new campus will better support our mission ‘to inspire a love for science and curiosity about the world’, with a particular focus on providing more high-quality early science learning for underrepresented children. We believe that the natural world is the gateway to science, and we will be able to reach thousands more children and help them learn to think like scientists, a critical skill they can use throughout their lives.”
Executive Director Aragon Burlingham
Architects and Project Management Team
Sares Regis Group of Northern California
Sares Regis Group of Northern California, a Bay Area commercial real estate development, project management, investment, and property management firm, is providing pro-bono project management services to lead the playground project from concept to completion.
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND SERVICES
Whiting-Turner provides construction management, general contracting, design-build and integrated project delivery services on projects large and small for a diverse group of customers. Its employees and trade partners are volunteering their time and donating materials for the creation of the Whooosh! playground, ensuring that the play area will open in time for the fall.
Capital Campaign Supporters
Loyal supporters of CuriOdyssey, early science advocates in our technology and biotech hubs, and San Mateo County stepped forward to contribute to this new $65 million plan. We honor their commitment and dedication and are grateful for their generous support.
Major Community Donors
Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer
Connie and Robert Lurie
The Greene Family
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William K. Bowes Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
The Sand Hill Foundation
Silicon Valley Leaders
Ann and John Doerr
Eric Xu (co-founder of Baidu, the Chinese search engine)