Berkeley, CA

University of California, Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences

Scope/Solutions

The UC Berkeley Health Sciences Initiative included replacing Warren Hall near the northwest corner of campus with the new Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences. The five-story Li Ka Shing Center offers space for scientists to research molecular basis for disease with a focus on cancer biology, infectious diseases, gene regulation, stem cell biology, and neurodegenerative diseases. Collaborating with McCarthy Building Companies and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, SGH peer reviewed the building enclosure design and performed a moisture study of the exterior walls.

SGH consulted on the building enclosure for the 200,000 sq ft structure clad in concrete, terra-cotta, and glass with a top-level stainless steel screen that conceals mechanical equipment. The project team’s selection of materials, energy-efficient systems, and a living roof contributed to the building’s LEED Gold certification.

We peer reviewed the building enclosure components below and helped develop details to integrate various systems:

  • Below-grade wall and underslab waterproofing
  • Exterior wall systems, including a terra-cotta rain screen panel system and architecturally exposed structural steel
  • Windows, doors, and a structural silicone glazed curtain wall
  • Low- and steep-sloped roofs, a green roof, and terraces
  • Expansion joints between new and existing buildings
  • Continuous air barrier system across multiple cladding and glazing finishes

Project Summary

completion-date

2010

Completion Date
award-winner

Award

Winner
certification

LEED

Certification
Solutions
New Construction
Services
Building Enclosures
Markets
Education
Client(s)
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Specialized Capabilities
Building Science | Facades & Glazing | Roofing & Waterproofing

Key team members

Kenneth Klein
Kenneth Klein
Senior Principal