Monterey, CA

Monterey Bay Aquarium Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership


Structural Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering


25,500 sf

Key Info

Rooftop garden

LEED Gold certified


ENR California's Best Projects 2019

The new Bechtel Family Center expands the Monterey Bay Aquarium's educational programs and offerings with an emphasis on school-age populations and the adults who influence them. R+C provided a condition assessment for a later demolished building on site, programming, and structural and geotechnical engineering for the new 25,500 sf replacement building. The new building is located at a site two blocks from the aquarium and will include STEM classrooms and learning labs with live animal displays, offices, meeting and multi-use spaces, and a rooftop garden.

Alan Kren


Civic | Cultural

Leavening peerless structural engineering skill with humor, philosophy, people skills and, above all, a consummate understanding of San Francisco's permitting process, [Alan] saw this project through.