Berkeley, CA

UC Berkeley | CV Starr East Asian Library


Structural Engineering


68,000 sf

Key Info

Building façade is rough concrete clad in stone from ChinaBronze screens weight one ton each


The library houses Japanese, Chinese and Korean collections that rank among the top four academic library collections in the nation. The award-winning library is a $46 million, four-story concrete building, set into a sloping site, is surfaced with stone, exposed concrete, and bronze screens. The concrete structure is exposed throughout the building exterior, architectural concrete finishes include light sandblasted, heavy sandblasted and polished surfaces that expose local aggregate. Shotcrete and cast-in-place construction methods were used. R+C provided structural engineering services to the world-renowned architectural team.

Higher Education

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.