UC Berkeley Hearst Memorial Mining Building, Berkeley, CA

Architect: NBBJ and Page & Turnbull, San Francisco, CA

This 1907 landmark on the UC Berkeley campus was seismically retrofitted and historically preserved. As part of its retrofit, the building was equipped with a foundation system that allows 28 inches of horizontal movement during earthquake activity. Currently the home of the Materials Engineering Department, the facility has been transformed into state-of-the-art labs, faculty and graduate student offices, teaching labs, administrative spaces, and classrooms.

Charles M. Salter Associates provided acoustical and audiovisual system design. Acoustical issues included HVAC noise and vibration reduction, sound isolation between acoustically sensitive spaces, and room acoustics in the auditorium. Audiovisual infrastructure was provided for lecture halls, computer labs, and the distance learning center.

AIA Excellence in Design Award, The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter, 2004

AIA Merit Award for Renovation, The American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter, 2003