A building, particularly on a college campus, can serve as an epicenter for creative and innovative collaboration. The purpose of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, according to the architects at Leddy Maytum Stacy (LMS Arch), “…is to re-energize design and manufacturing innovation at the national level, honing the integrated set of skills students will need to create an abundant, sustainable future.”
The 24,000 square foot structure is part of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Designed with user ability as its primary focus, the building features an abundance of collaborative spaces, meant to foster creativity.
The interior features a transparent design where technology is available to all, the sound of rapid prototyping tools fill the air, and the high ceilings with the constant influx of natural light enable outside views to the creative goings-on.
Situated at the northern edge of the campus, the site was once the campus’ volleyball court. The architects further explain the complexity of the site noting, “Two 4-story engineering buildings border the site on the west and south while an existing two-level basement underlies nearly a third of the site. A variety of residential buildings line the street to the north.”
Guided by a series of ecological principles the building takes full advantage of natural daylight and utilizing a cantilevered photovoltaic array that provides 58% of the structure’s energy, which results in the reduction of total energy use by 90%. The building received the highest sustainability accolade available in the United States, LEED Platinum Certification.
The building is enveloped in silver Alucobond PLUS aluminum composite material, fabricated by C/S Erectors out of California.
At the opening celebration, UC Berkeley alumni and Executive Chairman of Qualcomm, Paul Jacobs explains, “One of the things we want to do is change the way that engineering education is done…we are going to build a community around this building, around this concept of design and making.” Construction began in 2014 from a $20 million gift from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation.
Photography courtesy of © Tim Griffith
Information courtesy of LMS Arch