Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, CA

Discovery Science Center

Santa Ana, California

Project Information

The Discovery Science Center (DSC) is a 59,000 SF (5,480 SM) learning facility designed to inspire children and spark their inherent curiosity in the world around them. Through the use of over 120 interactive science, math, and technology exhibits and programs, the DSC has been instrumental in helping Orange County teachers educate students and bringing families together to learn and have fun at the same time. The DSC now receives over 450,000 guests and visitors each year.

DSC’s most unique architectural feature is The Cube, a 10-story, 108-foot high giant cube perched atop the main exhibition hall. This highly visible structure houses an array of 560 solar panels on its southwestern face, which supplies 10%-15% of the DSC’s electrical needs and helps the center save more than $20,000 annually. Any excess electricity generated by the system flows directly back into the region’s local electric power grid for neighboring homes and businesses to use.

The Discovery Science Center also provides standards-based science education to students and professional development programs for interested teachers.

Project Details

Type
Academic, Cultural
Services
Architecture
Area 59,000 SF / 5,480 m2

Photo Credit: © Gene Ogami for Discovery Science Center © Tom Pavia for Discovery Science Center Courtesy of Discovery Science Center Press Office