Design Tour: Lower Sproul Redevelopment Project

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Location: Martin Luther King Student Union on the 2nd Floor (Upper Sproul Level.)
Cost: $5 AIA Members and Employees of AIA East Bay Member Firms; $10 Guests
Click here to Register. Space is Limited!

1.5 CES LUs

Join AIA East Bay for a tour of the Lower Sproul Redevelopment project led by Beth Piatnitza, Associate Director Planning, Real Estate Division, University of California and Teri Mathers, UC Berkeley Senior Project Manager. The tour will show how revitalized the area has become with new restaurants, bars and more. The program includes a number of different projects as well as improvements to the plaza. It will house the MLK Jr. Student Union which has been upgraded with the addition of new spaces.

Lower Sproul Redevelopment Project

The Lower Sproul complex was designed in the early 1960’s as a modernist urban center and an expression of its time. It is located at the south edge of campus adjoining a commercial district and although it is bordered by the formal promenade of Sproul plaza, it is separate and distinct from the classical core at the center of the campus. It is comprised of four buildings that surround a large, paved plaza that is also the roof of the parking garage below.

Over the past half century, as a result of changes in the size and character of the student body, transformative advances in instruction and technology, a lack of capital reinvestment and, most importantly, the identification of critical seismic deficiencies, the complex had become an anachronism that no longer met the needs of UC Berkeley students.

The Lower Sproul Redevelopment Project is a student based initiative that calls for recasting the existing facilities at Lower Sproul Plaza into a revitalized and state-of-the-art facility combining both new construction and adaptive reuse strategies. Led by architects Moore Rubel Yudell, the project program and design is rooted in sustainable practices. The project encompasses a site area of approximately 184,000 sf and includes a replacement to the existing Eshleman Hall, renovations and additions to Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, the plaza deck itself, and minor renovations to Cesar Chavez Student Center and Anthony Hall.

Learning Objectives:

1. Attendees will be able to describe three elements key to the master planning success.

2. Attendees will be able to identify changes to existing buildings.

3. Attendees will be able to state at least three features of the redevelopment’s sustainability program.

4. Attendees will be able to state improvements and benefits the redevelopment will have on the quality of student life.

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