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Bakar BioEnginuity Hub: In-Person Tour

This tour is presented in conjunction with AIA San Francisco’s Historic Resources Committee and AIA East Bay.
Masks will be required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status.

A tour through Bakar BioEnginuity Hub, with a focus on analyzing and executing new programmatic uses in complex historical buildings.

Bakar BioEnginuity Hub is the rehabilitation of a landmark University of California Berkeley building converting it into a well-equipped 94,000 SF life-science laboratory, while preserving its historical significance.

The project began in 2016 with a feasibility study to determine the renovations required to convert the building into a seismically safe life science laboratory, while preserving its historical significance. The goal for the design was to bring together UC researchers, including students, with life science start-ups by providing spaces for interaction in addition to well-equipped research space, which is typically cost-prohibitive for young companies.

Historical elements of Mario Ciampi’s Brutalist architecture were upgraded with the utmost care to preserve and protect the building from future damage. Major issues such as seismic performance, water intrusion, and acoustic performance were addressed while bringing the building up to code. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure was overhauled, including the replacement of existing gas service with all-electric systems, allowing the project to achieve low EUI, operational carbon neutrality and Net-Zero HVAC water-use as well as meet LEED Gold requirements.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe and illustrate historical importance, using a completed historical building retrofit project, to guide structural, programmatic, and building infrastructure interventions in historical retrofit projects.
  2. Participants will be able to analyze retrofit requirements and limitations, using a completed historical building retrofit project, to evaluate if the proposed new use is feasible with the structure.
  3. Participants will be able to integrate program with historical and structural requirements, using a completed historical building retrofit project, to ensure program needs are met while respecting critical historical character.
  4. Guest will be able to evaluate tradeoffs and opportunities with historical and sustainabilty requirements, using site specific examples, to maintain a landmark’s integrity historically and environmentally.

About Your Tour Guides

Ken Lidicker
Senior Associate, MBH Architects

Ken Lidicker, Senior Associate, has distinguished him as a respected Director at MBH Architects, a multi-disciplinary architectural practice. Spearheading a broad range of projects over his 25 year tenure, Ken is acknowledged for his tremendous capabilities and commanding experience on workspace, laboratory, multi-family residential and other commercial and historic renovation projects. He is sought after by clients for his innovative designs that are grounded in technical expertise and serves as an invaluable mentor to the firm’s staff. Ken’s work has been featured in Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Interior Design and most recently Metropolis among other publications. His recent awards include the 2021 AIA East Bay Design Awards (Award of Merit, Mixed Use for Oakland’s Uptown Station, as well as Award of Merit, Healthcare for MBC BioLabs, San Carlos) and the 2019 ENR California Best Project Awards (Best Project Award, Office/Retail Mixed Use, for a Burlingame Office Development).

Todd Smith, AIA, LEED AP, CASp
Senior Architect, Page & Turnbull

As a Senior Architect with Page & Turnbull, Todd works with historic buildings. However, he has is a special place in his heart for modern & midcentury buildings and landscapes. Regardless of style or era, Todd designs context-based solutions that respect historic buildings while ensuring they meet contemporary codes, standards, and our way of life in the 21st century. Todd meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Architecture and Historic Architecture and is a CASp specialist. In addition to the Berkeley Art Museum, his projects include Glenn County Court House, Willows, 1076 Howard Street, San Francisco, and the Martial Cottle Park, San Jose.

Allen Nudel, SE
Principal, Forell|Elsesser Structural Engineers

A Principal with Forell|Elsesser Structural Engineers, Allen Nudel is also Director of Business Strategy and has been with the firm for 21 years. Allen’s greatest strengths are a love of teaching and facilitating understanding between engineers, architects, and contractors. He has a particular interest in collaborating with architects to maintain exposed structure of buildings. His wide range of experience includes education, institutional, commercial/corporate, athletic facilities, performing arts, multi-family housing, tenant improvement projects and historic renovations. Allen’s history with the old Berkeley Art Museum building goes back almost 26 years, including working on various iterations of the renovation since 2012.


May 07 2022


9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 07 2022
  • Time: 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


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