The new 164,000-square-foot, three-story building is located on a seven-acre site and was designed with intent to create a place that inspires and cultivates the scientific process and also reaches out to welcome, interact, and promote opportunities for learning and stewardship with the community. The marquee element of the project is the glass pavilion with wooden cross-laminated timber (CLT) panel and glued laminated timber (glulam) beam roof. This project is the first instance of CLT construction in San Diego and the largest one of this magnitude in Southern California region to date. The design team embarked on a seven-month process to approve the use of CTL in San Diego and assisted the City to establish guidelines for all subsequent CLT design within their development jurisdiction. Taking full advantage of San Diego’s temperate climate, the project blurs the line between exterior and interior space by incorporating a 25-foot glass roll-up door that allows for natural ventilation and seamless connectivity between the dining hall and outdoor lounge area. Two outdoor pavilions, allow for teleconferencing opportunities in the fresh air. Bloom Energy fuel cell technology provides the facility with sustainable, clean electricity through electro-chemical processes.