Jacobs Hall - UC Berkeley

Key Features


  • 24,000 square foot facility to house the Jacobs Design Innovation Institute

  • Integration at the ground and basement levels with adjacent existing structures

  • Interior plan includes precision manufacturing and prototyping labs, interactive workspaces, and exhibit space


  • Project site 800 feet from the active Hayward fault 

  • Geotechnically complex site with sloping ground conditions, sheared and weathered bedrock amongst areas of very hard and resistant rock

Geotechnical Challenges




Innovative Solutions


  • Alternative foundation design concepts meeting UCB's programmatic and budgetary goals

  • Use of drilled piers to avoid loading adjacent basement wall

  • Designed building superstructure to cantilever an adjacent basement


Site Title

A3GEO, Inc.   821 Bancroft Way,  Berkeley, CA 94710 

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