UC Berkeley - Naval Architecture Building Expansion

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Richard C. Blum Hall opened its doors to the public on October 8, 2010. The 22,000 square feet contemporary and Craftsman-style wood, concrete and glass complex, is a remodeled historic Naval Architecture Building on the north side of the UC Berkeley campus. A new three-story wing is attached to the renovated Naval Architecture Building by a network of plazas, terraces and bridges that also link to Sutardja Dai Hall.

San Francisco-based Gensler Architects designed the new wing and restored the Naval Architecture Building in conjunction with historic preservation specialist Knapp Architects based in San Francisco. Bordered by the weathered Northgate Hall, which houses the Graduate School of Journalism, and the College of Engineering's Sutardja Dai Hall, the Blum Hall complex is designed to integrate both craftsman and modernist architecture.

Rockridge Geotechnical performed a geotechnical investigation for the project and provided recommendations for temporary shoring for proposed excavation, underpinning of Naval Architecture Building, and foundation design. We also provided geotechnical observation and testing services during construction.