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Exposition Park Endeavour Exhibit Progresses

Hunter Kerhart Architectural Photography

With the Space Shuttle Endeavour now positioned for liftoff, the concrete and steel framework of the new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center is beginning to take shape at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

"Endeavour is a bit more covered up while the construction of the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center continues," explains a recent social media post from the museum. "Work on the structure of the Shuttle Gallery's roof will be commencing....A ‘dance floor’ of plywood has been added on top of a maze of scaffolding to allow workers more convenient access to the first layer of the diagrid structure that will support the roof of the building and to install various electrical and other systems in the Shuttle Gallery."

The $400-million project, now a visible landmark for motorists on the nearby I-110 Freeway, will roughly double the size of the California Science Center, which is already the most-visited museum in the state. The approximately 200,000-square-foot structure will be divided into three multi-level galleries named Air, Space, and Shuttle, and will house around 150 educational exhibits. ZGF is designing the center, which will rise approximately 20 stories high when completed.

The project is one of two significant additions currently taking shape within Exposition Park, alongside the $1-billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which is under construction on Vermont Avenue to the west. These projects are part of a larger master plan for the park, which includes underground parking lots on the southern perimeter to create more green space.

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