La Jolla, CA

UC San Diego, North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood


With North Torry Pines, UC San Diego creates an entire community around a new quadrangle. The seven-building development includes four new residence halls for 2,000 students and common areas, a new Arts and Humanities building, the Craft Center, the Social Sciences Public Engagement building, below-grade parking, and buried utility infrastructure. SGH consulted on the building enclosure design for the project.

SGH consulted on the design of below- and at-grade, podium, and terrace waterproofing; exterior walls; window and door assemblies; and roofing. Highlights of our work include:

  • Helping the design-build team by reviewing the proposed building enclosure design, helping select systems, recommending ways to improve below-grade waterproofing and building enclosure performance, and collaborating with them to develop details
  • Preparing sketches depicting proposed details and solutions to integrate the various assemblies, achieve the aesthetic design intent, and accommodate movement at facade joints and transitions
  • Providing building enclosure assembly U-factors for the building energy model
  • Performing hygrothermal analyses to evaluate the potential for condensation and moisture accumulation in the exterior walls and evaluate alternative air/water barrier and insulation configurations
  • Consulting on laboratory performance mockups of exterior wall and window assemblies and witnessing mockup testing, including air/water infiltration testing
  • Performing third-party below-grade waterproofing inspections
  • Providing construction-phase services, including reviewing contractor submittals and shop drawings, visiting the site to observe ongoing construction, and helping the project team address field conditions

Project Summary



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New Construction
Building Enclosures
Education | Residential
HKS Inc.
Specialized Capabilities
Building Science | Roofing & Waterproofing

Key team members

Michael Huhtala
Michael Huhtala
Senior Consulting Architect
Amy Hackney
Amy Hackney
Building Technology Region Head, West