Berkeley, CA

UC Berkeley | Hearst Memorial Mining Building Retrofit


Structural Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering


143,000 sf

Key Info

National Register of Historic Places

Retrofit of unique arched-tile (Guastavino) ceiling system


Located approximately 800 feet from the Hayward Fault, this circa 1907 building, designed by John Galen Howard, is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Renovation of the 143,000 sf structure utilizes base isolation and dampers to respect the historic character of the building while creating a contemporary teaching and research facility for the Material Sciences and Mineral Engineering departments. Rutherford + Chekene provided structural and geotechnical engineering services.

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.