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CLIENTUniversity of California, Berkeley

SERVICESBuilding Renovation, Interiors

LOCATIONBerkeley, CA

SIZE60,770 sq ft

STATUSCompleted 2006, 2012

Home to the Physics Department and 10 Nobel Laureates—and part of the University’s Integrated Physical Science Complex—this renovated historic classroom and lab building offers exciting, fundamental scholarship at the highest level, as well as the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics.

Historic facade
Historic facade
Corridor
Corridor
Integrated Physical Sciences Complex (Photo by Google Earth)
Integrated Physical Sciences Complex (Photo by Google Earth)

The Integrated Physical Science Complex consists of Physics South, the new astronomy and astrophysics building Campbell Hall (also designed by STUDIOS), as well the renovated Physics North and Birge Hall. The complex facilitates close interaction between students and faculty within the University’s growing interdisciplinary science programs. Physics South and Campbell Halls also literally bridge the gap between astronomers and physicists with a new open-air bridge that connects the two buildings.

The historic four-story building was designed by renowned architect John Galen Howard and built in 1926. As part of the renovation, we uncovered and restored an original skylight with energy efficient, high performance glass to provide natural light and a focal point for the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics.

Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics
Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics
Classroom
Classroom

“[The building] stimulates interaction, discussion and collaboration...and inspires the occupants with the beauty and history of the preserved, restored building.”

Judy Chess, Director of Capital Projects

Lab detail
Lab detail
Historic facade
Historic facade

PHOTOGRAPHYMichael O’Callahan