UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Redevelopment Project Wins Highest Accolade from the Society for College and University Planning, SCUP

Information sourced from The Architects Newspaper


The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), awarded their highest accolade – the Jury’s Choice Award – to the design team for the University of California, Berkeley’s Lower Sproul Redevelopment and Student Community Center project for “clearly conveying how well-conceived planning strategies can be implemented through successful collaboration between planners, designers and college/university faculty, students, and staff.”

The comprehensive project located along the south side of the Berkeley campus encompasses multiple buildings and outdoor spaces, including a new Eshleman Hall, the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union; César E. Chávez Student Center and Sproul Plaza. The realized vision was to create places within the campus to foster engaging interactions and dialog amongst the student body, which is critical to the continued growth and success of the University.

This project exemplifies the benefits of holistic planning and design. The design team, which included architect Moore Ruble Yudell and builder McCarthy, held hundreds of meetings and workshops with faculty, staff, locals, civic leaders, and more than 900 student groups.

Syska was thrilled to have the opportunity to help the University’s and student bodies’ realize its commitment to sustainability. By undertaking building performance modeling — encompassing energy simulation, solar shading, daylight modeling and computational fluid dynamics of natural ventilation — we optimized building envelopes, and incorporated:

  • Passive systems such as natural ventilation and daylighting;
  • Highly efficient lighting, Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heating and cooling systems with associated controls;
  • On-site renewable photovoltaic system.

The result is a highly energy-efficient buildings with capacity for future modification or expansion; durable system performance over service life; and easy to service.

Read about this award-winning project from a recent profile in The Architects Newspaper.

In addition to Syska, the project team included:

  • Atelier Ten
  • Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc.
  • CMG Landscape Architecture
  • HLB Lighting Design
  • McCarthy Building Company
  • Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
  • Rutherford + Chekene
  • Sherwood Design Engineers