Aesthetics and structural performance were the main reasons wood was chosen for this children’s discovery museum, which provides learning experiences through hands-on interactive exhibits. Visitors are greeted from the exterior with a striking, curved glulam roof, while the entrance pergola features both Southern Pine decking and exposed cedar beams. Cedar tongue and groove wood paneling both wraps the exterior and lines the interior, adding warmth, softness and color. The 50,000-sf structure embraces its setting, complementing its natural surroundings as well as another museum next door. This project was completed in 2015 for a construction cost of $12.2 million.