Hilgard Hall is a historically significant laboratory building currently used by the College of Natural Resources. SKA completed two feasibility studies for UC Berkeley Construction and Design. The first study was a building condition survey that developed recommendations and a budget for infrastructural upgrades that will allow the College of Natural Resources to modernize its wet-labs.
As Berkeley campus is facing a shortage of large classrooms (100+ seats) and active learning classrooms, SKA completed the Hilgard Hall Classroom Conversion Study which investigated the feasibility and cost of converting a 1917 Laboratory building into a state-of the art general assignment classroom building. This second study replanned Hilgard Hall to include two floors of general assignment classrooms with large classrooms in the basement. Large classroom designs included a standard auditorium layout and a “Parliament” style layout. Active Learning classrooms and student study rooms, which can function well as non-rectangular rooms, were placed in corners of the building formed by the building’s “C” shaped geometry.
Client: University of California, Berkeley
Location: University of California, Berkeley, CA
Project Completion: 2014