Lower Sproul Plaza and surrounding buildings had long been identified as needing significant programmatic and physical redesign, and students desperately needed a new center that supported 21st century student life. The planning and programming approach included restoration and adaptive reuse of three buildings and their associated public spaces, removal of seismically dangerous Eshleman Hall, and the redesign of the landscape and plaza to unite the whole district.
The shaping of buildings and open spaces within the district was preceded by an assessment of movement patterns through the campus and city. These patterns were mapped for pedestrians and bicyclists to better gauge how they might inform the shape of the architecture and public spaces within the district.
The project transforms a district of previously hidden discrete functions into a permeable, multi-functional gateway to the campus. It invites the whole community to use its outdoor green spaces and new facilities through a network of paths, portals, galleries, bridges, and terraces that weave the district together as a three-dimensional social plaid. The educational, research, and public service missions of the University of California will all be supported by programs and activities that occur in this space.
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners; also CMG Landscape Architecture; Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design; Sussman/ Prejza & Company; McCarthy Building Company; Rutherford + Chekene; Sherwood Design Engineers; Syska & Hennessy Group; Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc.; Atelier Ten; Noll & Tam Architects and Planners; Bruce Damonte Photography; Alan Karchmer Photography