UCSC Porter College Dining Commons

Location: University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Project Type: Higher Education

Developed a seismic strengthening scheme (new concrete shear walls and a new wood roof diaphragm) and developed structural construction documents for the complete renovation and seismic strengthening of University of California, Santa Cruz’s Porter College Dining Commons, including new kitchen and dining facilities. The building is a large footprint one-story reinforced concrete structure with a partial basement and a mezzanine. The roof consists of exposed long-span wood glulam beams. The strengthening blended with the original architecture to maintain the building’s unique appearance. [With Degenkolb Engineers]


UCSC Cowell Student Health Center

Location: University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Project Type: Higher Education

Complete renovation, seismic strengthening and expansion of University of California, Santa Cruz’s Student Health Center. The original building was a 30,000 square foot C-shaped two-story plus basement concrete shear wall building, designed and built in the late 1960s. Recommended removal of some existing discontinuous interior shear walls to open up floor space for architectural programming and to eliminate the need for expensive and disruptive strengthening elements in the mechanical room. The scope also included the design of a new 10,000 square-foot two-story addition plus an interconnecting bridge. The building had a concrete mat foundation that would allow the building to span over potential sinkholes. [With Degenkolb Engineers]


UCSC West Field House

Location: University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Project Type: Higher Education

Seismic Corrections for West Field House at University of California, Santa Cruz. Performed a seismic evaluation, developed conceptual strengthening measures (new wood shear walls and load transfer trusses) and then prepared a detailed seismic strengthening scheme and construction documents. This project was challenging due to the presence of large wood framed trusses spanning over basketball court which were path of the seismic load path from the roof to the foundation, and the need to completely re-build the locker room facilities without affecting the mezzanine above. [With Degenkolb Engineers]