Berkeley, CA

University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Scope/Solutions

The University of California needed to seismically retrofit the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, but determined it would negatively affect exhibit space. Needing a new home for the museum, the university chose a downtown Berkeley site. Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s (DS+R’s) design combines an existing 48,000 sq ft Art Deco building, previously housing the campus printing plant, with a new 35,000 sq ft addition. SGH consulted on the building enclosure for the addition and peer reviewed the structural design for the project.

SGH assisted DS+R, the design architect, and EHDD Architecture, the architect of record, with designing the building enclosure, including below-grade waterproofing, roofing, curtain walls, and metal panel systems. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Reviewing design concepts and recommending ways to improve performance
  • Helping select building enclosure systems and developing details for integrating the various systems
  • Outlining performance, material, and installation requirements for the metal panel systems to include in project specifications
  • Working with the design-assist contractor for the metal panels to develop the custom metal facade design
  • Providing construction administration services for the metal panel facade
  • Inspecting installation of below-grade waterproofing on behalf of the owner

Working for the university, SGH peer reviewed the structural design, including seismic upgrades and modifications to existing structures along with construction of a new addition.  Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Reviewing structural drawings, specifications, and calculations for conformance to code requirements and appropriate practice
  • Coordinating with the structural engineer of record to address comments
  • Meeting with the campus seismic review committee to discuss the review

Project Summary

completion-date

2016

Completion Date
award-winner

Award

Winner
Solutions
New Construction
Services
Building Enclosures | Structures
Markets
Education
Client(s)
EHDD Architecture | University of California, Berkeley | Diller Scofido + Renfro
Specialized Capabilities
Seismic Engineering | Facades & Glazing | Roofing & Waterproofing

Key team members

Craig Allender
Craig Allender
Building Technology Division Head, San Francisco Bay Area
Jeffry Ceruti
Jeffry Ceruti
Senior Principal
Ronald Hamburger
Ronald Hamburger
Senior Principal