University of California, San Diego, Galbraith Hall, La Jolla, CA

The Galbraith Hall interior renovation project adaptively repurposes 30,000 sf of existing space within the campus’ original library formerly known as Center for Library and Instructional Computing Services. The mixed-use program houses a new 417 seat lecture hall, two enclosed student study spaces, three practice dance studios, conference rooms and academic office space.

Syska performed MEP engineering and lighting design services. The design team embodied the mid-century modern spirit, while creating something original. This was achieved by removing layers of dated remodel work to expose the beautiful mid-century concrete waffle slab and structure. The new lecture hall was then inserted into the large interior volume of the former reading room.

Syska designed the MEP systems for the 2nd and 3rd level interior of the Galbraith Building, while maintaining the existing operations for students and faculty on the floors below. Multiple levels of existing ductwork, piping, equipment and utilities were integrated with the new systems within the renovated spaces. We provided on-site guidance to the contractor and the University to help facilitate the fast paced renovation.
Our team’s sustainable solution enables the building to achieve maximum energy efficiency while reducing operational costs. Some of the sustainable elements include solid state lighting coupled with interior lighting controls and demand control ventilation. The project, which was completed in 2013, set out to be LEED Silver but instead achieved a LEED Gold rating.

2014 AIA San Diego Citation Award for Interiors
2013 Orchid Award Interior Design, SDAF

LEED Status

29,964 sf

University of California, San Diego

Owner’s Rep
Facilities Design and Construction, UCSD

Kevin deFreitas Architects

Mortenson Construction

Architectural lighting
Atrium space
417 seat lecture hall