b'PHOTO: CHILDRENS DISCOVERY MUSEUM OF SAN JOSE68 SJC FACILITIESSilicon Valley Donor, Industry Firms and Local Childrens Museum Create New Play Area at San Jose IntlBY KRISTEN RINDFLEISCHSome say it takes a village to raise aairport had been without a childrens play child. Sometimes, it takes a village toarea ever since Terminal C was demolished in build an inspiring place for children2010 to make way for the updated Terminal to play.B. Day suggested using a small 600-square-FACTS&FIGURESLast fall, Norman Y. Mineta San Josefoot area that had not been built out for International Airport (SJC) opened a $1.2concessions to create a childrens area in Project: Childrens Play Space million indoor play area that helps youngTerminal B and then ushered the idea to Location: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose (CA) Intl Airport passengers burn physical and mental energyfruition. The space was not very big, but it Project Partner/Exhibit Designer & Builder:before boarding their flights. And it waswas kind of up for grabs, she recalls. Childrens Discovery Museum of San Jose all made possible by a village of generousPieces from the former Terminal C play Name of Play Area: Zoom Zone supporters.area were not compliant with the Americans Size: 608 sq. ft. Zoom Video Communications Inc., thewith Disabilities Act and were therefore Cost: $1.2 millionubiquitous video communications companynot reused. Instead, Day contacted the Funding: Zoom Video Communications Inc. donatedthat vaulted from the corporate sector toChildrens Discovery $240,000; Hensel Phelps provided pro bono construction;mainstream popularity during COVID-19Museum of San Jose Fentress Architects provided pro bono design services lockdowns, donated $240,000 to the cause.for help creating a new Subcontractors Providing Pro Bono orHensel Phelps managed construction of theplay area that would Discounted Services/Materials: A&B Paintingproject at no cost and also convinced otherswithstand incredible Inc.; Arora Engineers; B.T. Mancini Co. Inc.; By Designto follow suit. Fentress Architects providedwear and tear. Our Steel Services; Contractors Electrical Distributors;pro bono design services, and more than amuseum serves about Critchfield Mechanical Inc.; Lombardo Diamond Core400,000 people a year Drilling Co. Inc.; Nevell Group Inc.; Rosendin Electric Inc.;dozen subcontractors and suppliers donatedMARILEE JENNINGSServiceNow Inc.; The BGR Group; Thornton Tomasetti;or discounted their services and materials.(pre-pandemic), so were Transbay Fire Protection Inc.; Universal Plastics Together, they created Zoom Zone, a brightlyused to building exhibits that last, says Construction: Aug. 2020-Oct. 2021 colored, interactive play space named afterExecutive Director Marilee Jennings.Key Benefits: New play area helps children burnthe headline sponsor.Partnerships and Fundingphysical & mental energy before boarding aircraft whileVicki Day, passenger experience manager learning about creatures & objects that fly; providesThe museum team raised enough money to parents with place & opportunity to restfor SJC, explains that the Silicon Valleycreate exhibits at the airport, but not enough March | April 2022AirportImprovement.com'