Berkeley High School Expansion

Berkeley, CA | sports/recreation | community/education

Light-filled gateway buildings reveal connections between school and downtown in this urban public high school.


Sketch by Anthony Grand

The 86,000-square-foot addition to Berkeley High School helps bridge physical and cultural gaps between the school’s diverse student body and the city that surrounds their urban campus. Completing a central quad first envisioned in the 1930s campus master plan, the two buildings frame an urban streetscape as well as the academic campus. The complex is a state-of-the-art facility with a student union with performance space and food service, a library and media center, and a gymnasium, indoor pool, and dance studios, all of which are designed to be utilized by the surrounding community after-hours. ELS designed the complex to take maximum advantage of daylight, exceeding state energy standards by. The project made use of recyclable and renewable materials, low-emission glazing, and energy-efficient equipment to maintain a healthy indoor air quality.


AIAEB Merit Award

AIACC/CASH Award of Excellence

Project Stats
  • Client

    Berkeley Unified School District

  • Size

    86,230 sf


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