UC Berkeley Units 1, 2, and 3 Undergraduate Residence Halls

2400 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA

  • Architect: SCB Architects, EHDD Architecture
  • Developer: UC Berkeley Capital Projects
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Credit: ©2015 Gina Phelan for Tipping Structural Engineers

This ambitious group of seismic upgrades on a fast-paced schedule required concurrent design, review, approval, and construction.

The seismic retrofit project for Units 1, 2, and 3 comprised a total of 516,000 square feet and 12 high-rise buildings in groupings of 4. Each group surrounds a large courtyard and a central commons building that houses the dining center, main office, recreation lounge, and Academic Services Center for that "unit." This ambitious seismic retrofit project entailed improving the buildings’ seismic safety rating from “Poor” to “Good” for the population of students who spend the most time in University-owned buildings.

Tipping employed state-of-the-art seismic analysis­—vetted by peer and professorial review­—to identify vulnerabilities of the existing buildings, then designed pointed retrofit measures to mitigate collapse and life-safety risk. The design-and-construction team accommodated the aggressive schedule that manifested the University’s urgent concerns about the safety of the student residents. This meant undertaking the design concurrently with review, approval and construction.





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