For the first building rehabilitation on the historic landmark Clark Kerr Campus at the University of California, Berkeley, BAR Architects was chosen to envision a new life for the Dining Hall.
The 23,000 gsf building embodies the early twentieth century ideal of outdoor living with extensive exterior landscaped “rooms”, arcades, and daylight-filled public areas. In addition to building upgrades, BAR foresaw the potential for the building to become an attractive conferencing facility as well as student dining commons. While maintaining the historic features and configuration of the building, BAR carefully inserted a new servery, connections to the gracious surrounding courtyards, and improved finishes to enhance the usability of the building and grounds.
Green building design principles were used during the course of the work, including the commissioning of building systems, sustainable materials selection, high-performance coatings of the historic windows and replacement of energy-intensive kitchen equipment. In addition, the Dining Hall required extensive structural, building systems, accessibility and life safety upgrades.
Working closely with the general contractor during the design phase, BAR was able to maximize limited construction funds, while significantly streamlining the construction process and complete the project in a short summertime frame to serve students in the Fall.