University of California, Maximino Martinez Commons

Berkeley, CA




2015 Design Award (Merit Category), AIA East Bay
University of California, Maximino Martinez Commons

Needing more student housing, the university undertook developing a new residence hall on Berkeley’s south side. The architects’ design, which maximizes natural light and ventilation, integrates a contemporary building with the neighboring Anna Head Historic Structures Complex. SGH assisted the architecture team with the building enclosure design.


Scope | Solutions


SGH consulted on below-grade waterproofing, roofing, podium/balcony/terrace waterproofing, exterior wall cladding, and windows. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Established performance criteria for building enclosure systems and components

  • Reviewed design concepts and provided recommendations to improve performance

  • Developed details to integrate the various enclosure systems

  • Participated in cost analysis meetings with the design team and university and helped develop alternate design concepts to balance cost and performance expectations

  • Responded to questions from bidders and helped evaluate bids from contractors for the exterior wall, roofing, and waterproofing work

  • Reviewed building enclosure submittals to compare with the design intent

  • Visited the site to observe construction to compare with the project requirements

  • Evaluated alternate details to address variations in as-built conditions

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