2400 Bancroft Way
Designed to help ease UC Berkeley's student housing shortage, this is an eight-story, concrete mixed-used building accommodating 783 beds organized in “pods,” or distinct communities, of up to 30 students each in double-occupancy units. The ground floor includes student social spaces; a fitness room; administrative offices; 7,000 sf of retail space; and 5,300 sf for the new Stiles Hall, a private, nonprofit agency dedicated to serving the broader community.
The structural system comprises thin (7") two-way PT concrete floor and roof slabs supported by concrete columns; lateral stability is provided by concrete walls ranging 12" – 18" thick. The columns and walls land on a two-way concrete mat slab 24" – 36" thick.
Sophisticated analysis was employed to capture efficiencies in the interaction of the walls, columns, and foundation, particularly to obviate deep foundations and to optimize space for the intended program.