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Berkeley Way West - UC Berkeley


Key Features 


  • Eight-story, 325,000 gross-square-foot academic building with retail on ground floor

  • Designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold standard


Geotechnical Challenges 


  • Half a mile from Hayward fault

  • Extensive utilities and buried debris

  • Deep excavation near adjacent building

  • Groundwater table above bottom of excavations


Innovative Solutions


  • 94 micropiles used to resist seismic tensile and compressive loads

  • Thorough observation and inspection to ensure complete removal of all underground obstructions

  • Perimeter dewatering well system 

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