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.
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
Berkeley Unified School District