Constructed in 1917, Wheeler Hall is one of the most significant historic buildings on the UC Berkeley Campus. SKA assisted the University with a thorough building assessment and helped develop a budget for the $20 million renewal project. The scope of the project included infrastructure upgrades to the mechanical and electrical system. Our successes included designing a new mechanical system that reused historic ductwork, minimized space used, preserved historic fabric, and saved the project over $1 million.
The project also included the renovation of existing classrooms. Some smaller classrooms were combined to create classrooms sizes that were in demand on campus. On the second floor, four smaller classrooms were combined to create a 100-seat Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) classroom, an active learning environment where students are encouraged to interact and solve problems while the instructor circulates the room to assist students.
Client: University of California, Berkeley
Location: University of California, Berkeley, CA
Project Completion: Expected 2017