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The Walt Disney Family Foundation Museum

Located in San Francisco’s Presidio, the project includes the rehabilitation of three historic structures – Buildings 104, 108 and 122 – as well as a new addition to house a museum honoring the life and creative accomplishments of Walt Disney.

Bullet 77K SF
Bullet $50M construction cost

It features an extensive collection of drawings, photographs, letters, documents and artifacts, along with digital images, films and interviews that can be viewed in a theatre housed within the museum.

Building 104 houses the main galleries and exhibits, which are spread across four (4) levels, each approximately 10,000 square feet. The addition is approximately 20,000 square feet across three (3) levels. The lower level features the auditorium; art handling area; workshops and storage; large conference room; curator office; research offices; and mechanical/electrical utility rooms. Level 1 holds the reception area; learning center; gift shop; and Walt Disney Exhibit Gallery. Level 2 is home to the Walt Disney Exhibit Gallery; and Level 3 has museum offices and two (2) residential units for visiting VIP guests.

Building 122 houses a special gallery for traveling exhibits, artifact storage and preparation areas. The archive storage room provides all books, drawings, papers, artifacts, and paintings, with dedicated 24/7 air conditioning, humidification, and dehumidification via a 4-pipe fan coil unit with integral humidifiers. There is an additional 100% redundant fan coil for backup and both units are on emergency power provided by the site generator. The archive storage room is maintained at 68°F +/- 2°F and 50% RH +/- 5% with no more than 3% drift over a 24-hour period.

Building 108, a former military storage facility, was converted to a central plant. This project was recently awarded a 2010 AIA Design Award of Merit in the Historic Preservation and Innovation in Rehabilitation category, and the 2010 Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation.