San Jose Tech Interactive | San Jose, CA


Planning began in 1978 by members of the Junior League of Palo Alto, with later assistance by the San Jose Junior League. The City of San Jose promised funding for a Technology Center of Silicon Valley in the 1980s, but progress was slow.

The first 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) temporary exhibit opened in 1990; The Garage, named in homage to the HP Garage, was housed in San Jose’s former convention center. On October 31, 1998, a brand-new 132,000-square-foot (12,300 m2) facility was inaugurated, named The Tech Museum of Innovation. In May 2019, the organization was renamed as The Tech Interactive and announced a partnership with Discovery Education.

In 2018, an expansion of Tech Interactive by 63,000 square feet (5,900 m2) was proposed, as part of a major high-rise office development in Park Habitat.


  • New Fiber Optic BAS network
  • UUKL control/monitoring of critical life-safety equipment
  • Project phasing between Normal Day Time working hours and Night/Overtime working hours
  • Replace existing critical infrastructure with latest and greatest


  • Installed state-of-the-art Distech Controls Building Automation System.
  • Web-based Graphical User Interface with enhanced three-dimensional graphics
  • IP Based controls that reside on a high-speed Fiber Optic network
  • DDC Control of advanced HVAC Systems, including Air Handling Units, Fan Coil Units, Exhaust Systems, Hot Water Plant, and Chilled Water Plant
  • Implemented Title 24 Energy-savings programming and control
  • Smoke Control monitoring and control of critical life-safety systems with separate UUKL-rated network and controls
  • Retrofitted complicated Fire Fighter’s Override Panel
  • Monitoring of critical systems, like Fire Life Safety System, Generator, Sewage Systems

Project Team

Owner/Occupant: City of San Jose

Product Solution: Distech