Berkeley, CA

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab | Chu Hall


Structural Engineering


39,000 sf

Key Info

Green roof at the north and south portions of level 1


AIA SF Design Awards 2016, Honor Award

AIA East Bay Design Award 2015, Merit Award

ENR Northern California Award, Best Project 2015: Higher Education/Research

The 39,000 sf building houses 100 researchers focused on the conversion of solar energy into liquid fuels. Each level centers on different aspects of current research needs. Level 1 provides ultra-low vibration areas for sensitive work, Level 2 is the main building entrance and the space allows for interdisciplinary interaction, and Level 3 houses laboratories for wet lab research and nanoscale technology. The team used Building Information Models (BIM) to facilitate efficient design and collaboration. Rutherford + Chekene was the structural engineer for the building and also provided structural engineering services for equipment anchorage in all laboratories.

Photographer: Bruce Damonte

David Bleiman


Science | Technology

Leavening peerless structural engineering skill with humor, philosophy, people skills and, above all, a consummate understanding of San Francisco's permitting process, [Alan] saw this project through.