Stoel Rives Joins Powerhouse Science Center Founding Partners

CONTACT: Judy Rooks, Marketing Communications Mgr., (503) 294-9831

SACRAMENTO- Stoel Rives LLP is pleased to announce it has joined The Powerhouse Science Center as a founding partner, dedicated to helping build the premier science learning center serving Northern California. The Center announced today that the firm is one of fifty-plus regional leaders and organizations who, as founding partners, have joined in a cooperative effort to support the development of this vital new community asset.

Stoel Rives − a leader in energy, environmental, intellectual property, corporate, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, real estate, renewable energy and technology law − will lend its environmental and resource experience to the project.

Located on the scenic banks of the Sacramento River, the Powerhouse Science Center will function as a model for 21st-century experiential STEM education (science, math, technology, engineering, space) and environmental stewardship. The design will be an exemplary "green" building that serves as an environmental teaching lab.

"We are honored as a firm to help bring this progressive educational facility to our city," said Kristen Castaños, Sacramento office partner and member of the Center's Development Committee. "Supporting children and education in our communities is a proud Stoel Rives tradition, and we encourage local lawyers and firms to champion this project."

"Our entire organization is pleased and honored to welcome Stoel Rives as a founding partner," said Michele Wong, President of the Powerhouse Science Center Board of Directors. "The firm shares our goal of creating a cutting-edge science education center and destination visitor attraction. The Powerhouse Science Center is a landmark collaborative effort between many dedicated groups and individuals who are all playing a significant role in making this vision of a premier science education center become a reality. Stoel Rives contributes valuable legal perspective to our effort."

Supporters of the Powerhouse Science Center include business and civic leaders, clubs and organizations, individuals, and the City of Sacramento. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson recognizes this project as a top priority for Sacramento's future.

The Powerhouse Science Center will serve as a public forum, showcasing the latest scientific discoveries in a venue accessible to the entire family. The Center will highlight the scientific achievements of the Sacramento region, the latest developments in medical science and technology, and the fundamentals of resource conservation. It will be a field trip destination for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students from throughout the region.

The Center, which will cost an estimated $78 million, has completed its pre-construction phase and is nearing completion of construction drawings. Groundbreaking will be in 2013, with building completion expected in 2 years. The 61-year-old Discovery Museum Science & Space Center on Auburn Boulevard is scheduled to move from its current location and become the Powerhouse Science Center when the new facility is complete.

For more information on the Powerhouse Science Center, visit, email, or contact Beth Callahan, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, at 916 853-0343.

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