LeConte Hall Infrastructure Study | Berkeley, CA

UC Berkeley has retained LDA Architects to prepare a long range master plan and construction phasing strategy to serve as their blueprint for upgrading the building and preparing it for inclusion in the Integrated Physical Sciences Complex.

Completed in 1923, Le Conte Hall is an important example of the Beaux-Arts campus architecture of John Galen Howard at the University of California, and a notable built element of Howard’s master plan for the central campus resulting from the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Competition of 1897.

When fully realized, Le Conte Hall will be seismically upgraded to current earthquake resistance standards, accessibility will fully comply with the ADA, and historically significant elements will be preserved or restored. The interior will receive the latest communications technology, yet retain the original laboratories and faculty offices that gave birth to the modern age of nuclear science.

The 74,000 square foot building will house administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, laboratories, lecture halls, and workshops. While retaining much of the classical character of the building, the facility will be improved to meet the key elements of life-safety required by the Building Code.

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TOTAL AREA: 74,000 sf