UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center

2011-2012 (Phased) | Berkeley, CA

  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center Press Box Photo: Jim Simmons Photography
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center View from Piedmont Avenue Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center California Memorial Stadium Photo: Steve Proehl Photography
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center Before and After: Plaza Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center Before and After: Press Box Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center Plaza and New Press Box Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center Entry to Simpson Center Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center Strength and Conditioning Area Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center Stair from Concourse to Plaza Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center Field Club Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center Stadium Club Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center University Club Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center View from University Club Deck Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center View from University Club Deck Photo: Jim Simmons Photography
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center View from Tightwad Hill Photo: Tim Griffith
  • UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium & Simpson Center California Memorial Stadium Photo: Steve Proehl Photography

Memorial Stadium was originally conceived as an important place for students, alumni, faculty and the general public to come together and celebrate athletic competition. The historic stadium is one of the most beloved and iconic structures on the UC Berkeley campus, however decades of deferred maintenance had challenged its functionality and diminished its significance. The key goals for this project were to restore the stadium’s historic and civic prominence, integrate modern training and amenity spaces, and address severe seismic concerns. The program was a delicate historic preservation, the addition of major new construction and a major seismic retrofit.

To achieve this, the structure of the stadium was removed while the historic facade was preserved through an extensive temporary bracing system. The new athlete training facility, the Simpson Center, was set into the landscape and in front of the stadium as a “land form” building, a new grand 2-acre public plaza for the stadium was created on the roof. This freed up space and volume within the stadium, allowing for a new concourse, program and fan amenity spaces within the volume of the old structure.

The stadium’s interior spaces are all new, relocating the concourse along the historic
wall, thereby allowing fans to experience the views across campus and the Bay. A new
press box/club structure crowns the historic wall; its truss-like design acts as a counterpoint to the historic façade.

STUDIOS Architecture worked as the Associate Architect in close collaboration with the Executive Architect HNTB.

Awards

  • 2015

    AIA National Honor Award for Architecture

  • 2013

    SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture, Honor Award

  • 2013

    AIA Kansas City Sports Venue Award

  • 2013

    Berkeley Design Advocates Biennial Award for Design Excellence

  • 2013

    ENR Best of the Best Projects, Sports/Entertainment Project

  • 2013

    ENR California Best Sports/Entertainment Project

  • 2013

    SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering, Landmarks

  • 2013

    SEOC Excellence in Structural Engineering


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