UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus Renewal

  • Location:

    Berkeley, CA

  • Client:

    University of California Berkeley

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  • Specialties:

    Higher Education, Student Housing

Features & Highlights

  • LEED Gold®
  • Improved the functionality, accessibility and reached ADA compliance
Project Overview

The University of California, Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus Renewal is a prime example of a contractor meeting the challenge of a difficult historical renovation project by using all of its experience and expertise. This project included modernizing the university’s aging Clark Kerr Campus while preserving its many historic features. In addition to preserving the historic buildings, the campus was kept open and operational while on an extremely tight schedule.

Clark Kerr Campus is a 50-acre site that was originally developed in the 1920s-1950s and is listed in its entirety on the National Register of Historic Places. The project included renovation of eight, three-story buildings along with selective upgrades to the steam tunnels and auditorium buildings. These upgrades addressed code compliance, aging materials and utility systems, and fire and life safety requirements. Other improvements included new disabled access and safety features, improved connections to the campus computer network, new electrical wiring, and removal of hazardous materials.

The renewal included renovations to over 100,000 square feet of the facility. While Sundt’s renovation project was underway, the university was also performing major site upgrades and installing new utility infrastructure throughout the campus. There were several contractors and university personnel working in the same area at the same time on a number of different projects. It took constant communication and detailed planning to accommodate everyone’s needs and succeed on all fronts.

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The historic designation of the project meant that Sundt was challenged to innovate and to integrate 1940s practices into modern construction methods. The result brought the project into the 21st century while preserving its historic integrity.


Awards & Accolades

2010 ENR California Best Project Restoration/Renovation Award of Merit

2010 Western Council of Construction Consumer’s Outstanding Project Award Buildings Phase I