Haas School of Business North Academic Building

1906 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California

  • Architect: Perkins and Will
  • Contractor: Vance Brown Builders
  • Developer: UC Berkeley Real Estate Division
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Credit: Perkins and Will

The first new construction project for UC Berkeley's Haas School, this $60 million expansion will ease constriction and introduce new forms of educational technology and learning.

Part of Haas School of Business’s master space planning project, this six-story, 80,000 square-foot building supports the expansion of the school’s MBA program. Planned to transform the student experience, the structure will house a café, 8 lecture halls, 3 large seminar spaces, and 30 breakout rooms for collaborative learning. A total of 868 classroom seats will be added to the school's capacity through this expansion.

A light steel-framed upper story creates large open spaces for events with an unobstructed view of San Francisco Bay. The east wing is embedded two stories into the hillside, incorporating an auditorium and mechanical basement.

The lateral system consists of vertically post-tensioned shear walls that return to plumb after a large earthquake, preventing permanent post-earthquake deformations. Tipping’s contributions to the sustainability goals of the project include specifying low-cement concrete and high-recycled-content steel, and designing resilient and cost-effective seismic systems to minimize life-cycle costs.