The Pilara Foundation — San Francsico, CA

Rehabilitated Space for Rethinking Photography

27,000 SF
Envelope A+D
Plant Construction

Pier 24 located on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, is a contemporary photography space housing the permanent collection of The Pilara Foundation. In addition to hosting rotating gallery exhibitions, the warehouse is focused on addressing and adapting to the constantly evolving concerns of the photographic community. Designed to reinvent the ways in which photography and photographic ideas are presented, the Pilara family intended Pier 24 to be a distinctive environment where art has the freedom to be seen and thought about differently.

Holmes Structures was engaged to provide full engineering services for the assessment and subsequent rehabilitation of Pier 24 including both the substructure and warehouse superstructure. The scope of work included a full investigation of the substructure including the piles, cap beams, girders and stringers. A voluntary seismic retrofit scheme was used for the substructure with the lateral capacity significantly increased from the original condition. The existing warehouse building was evaluated with a seismic retrofit design that was integrated into the full building rehabilitation.


Pier 24 Photography Exhibit Space with Wood Truss Ceiling
Pier 24 Pilara Foundation Exterior Facade Straight On with Bridge
Pier 24 Pilara Foundation Exhibition with Wood Truss Ceiling
Pilara Foundation San Francisco Exterior along the Embarcadero under Bridge
Pier 24 Pilara Foundation Retrofit, Substructure on Water
Pier 24 Pilara Foundation Substructure on Water, San Francisco

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