Blum Center for
Historic Naval Architecture Building Rehabilitation and Addition, University of California, Berkeley
The Naval Architecture Building is a Berkeley landmark, on the National Register of Historic Places, and an example of the First Bay Region Tradition along with its neighbor, North Gate Hall, within an area of campus dominated by larger academic buildings. Originally an annex to the architecture building, its drawing studios were substantially altered in the century following its construction. The University of California received gift to rehabilitate the historic building and construct a new addition conforming to the Secretary's Standards for Rehabilitation. The compatibility of the new addition with the historic structure was carefully considered, remembering the historic structure, incorporating the ideas of over a dozen committees, and integrating technologies while preserving character-defining features to achieve LEED Silver. Knapp Architects was preservation architect under Gensler, the architect-of-record. Our role included design evaluation, survey and as-built drawings, and construction documents from schematic design through construction administration.
Photographs: Sherman Takata