University of California, Berkeley - Sutardja Dai Hall
SmithGroup partnered with UC Berkeley to redesign and reprogram a previously planned engineering building. With challenging budget constraints, it needed to retain all of the building’s programmatic elements—most notably, the special facilities for CITRIS, an interdisciplinary, multi-campus research program focused on practical applications of technology to solve large-scale social and commercial problems. The building also houses incubation laboratories which support student engineering research projects into pragmatic real-life applications.
The resulting 141,000-GSF building includes a state-of-the-art nano fabrication laboratory, a robotics lab, research areas for the design of information systems, two clean rooms, an auditorium, classrooms, a center for distance learning, offices, a cafe and a technology museum. The design ensures that the spaces remain flexible and adaptable to ongoing advancements in technology due to modular planning. After a few years in operation, the facilities’ programs evolved creating opportunities to accommodate new research programs through space.
The re-imagined Sutardja Dai Hall creates a fitting sense of place for engineering studies at Berkeley, uniting the University’s heritage with exciting new research applications to advance society.