Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center

Berkeley, CA | Historic & Civic

A $21 million seismic upgrade and interior renovation have transformed Berkeley’s landmark 1940s Civic Center Building. The historic building exterior and lobbies were preserved, and new meeting spaces were added to the penthouse level. Energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, operable windows, and use of ‘green’ products have resulted in light-filled, comfortable work spaces, which were once a maze of metal-partitioned offices.  The six-story structure is base-isolated and can move 30 inches in any direction to absorb seismic forces with minimal damage or disruption of operations.

Awards and Publications

Berkeley Design Advocates Award of Excellence, 2002, American Public Works Association, Northern California Chapter Distinguished Project Award 2002, California Preservation Foundation Craftsmanship & Preservation Technology Award 2002, AIA, East Bay Chapter Merit Award 2001, Savings by Design Energy Efficiency Integration Awards Program AIA, California Council and California’s Four Largest Utility Companies Honor Award 2001, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association Special Commendation 2001, Preservation: The Magazine of the National Trust, January-February 2002


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