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    SOLD OUT | HRC Tour: Bakar BioEnginuity Hub

    Saturday, January 29, 2022

    This program is SOLD OUT. If you are still interested in attending, you may add yourself to the waitlist on the registration page.

    Saturday, January 29, 2022
    Tour 1:
    9:30 – 11 AM  |  Tour 2: 11:30 AM – 1 PM


    A tour through Bakar BioEnginuity Hub, with a focus on analyzing and executing new programmatic uses in complex historical buildings. This program is presented in conjunction with AIA San Francisco’s Historic Resources Committee and AIA East Bay.

    Bakar BioEnginuity Hub is the rehabilitation of a landmark University of California Berkeley building converting it into a well-equipped 94,000 SF life-science laboratory, while preserving its historical significance.

    The project began in 2016 with a feasibility study to determine the renovations required to convert the building into a seismically safe life science laboratory, while preserving its historical significance. The goal for the design was to bring together UC researchers, including students, with life science start-ups by providing spaces for interaction in addition to well-equipped research space, which is typically cost-prohibitive for young companies.

    Historical elements of Mario Ciampi’s Brutalist architecture were upgraded with the utmost care to preserve and protect the building from future damage. Major issues such as seismic performance, water intrusion, and acoustic performance were addressed while bringing the building up to code. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure was overhauled, including the replacement of existing gas service with all-electric systems, allowing the project to achieve low EUI, operational carbon neutrality and Net-Zero HVAC water-use as well as meet LEED Gold requirements.

    Face coverings are required for all tour participants regardless of vaccination status.



    Learning Objectives

    1. Participants will be able to describe and illustrate historical importance, using a completed historical building retrofit project, to guide structural, programmatic, and building infrastructure interventions in historical retrofit projects.
    2. Participants will be able to analyze retrofit requirements and limitations, using a completed historical building retrofit project, to evaluate if the proposed new use is feasible with the structure.
    3. Participants will be able to integrate program with historical and structural requirements, using a completed historical building retrofit project, to ensure program needs are met while respecting critical historical character.
    4. Guest will be able to evaluate tradeoffs and opportunities with historical and sustainabilty requirements, using site specific examples, to maintain a landmark’s integrity historically and environmentally.


    Tour Leaders

    Kevin Koblik
    MBH Architects

    A Senior Associate, Kevin has applied his versatile skill set to a variety of project types including multi-family, workspace and laboratory projects over the course of his 14 year tenure at MBH Architects. Most recently, Kevin has been collaborating with QB3 and MBC Biolabs, designing ground up and tenant improvement lab spaces across the San Francisco Bay Area. His ability to apply wide reaching knowledge to solve complex challenges make him an innovative asset to clients and an invaluable mentor to his team.

    Allen Nudel
    Forell|Elsesser Structural Engineers

    A Principal with Forell|Elsesser Structural Engineers, Allen Nudel is also Director of Business Strategy and has been with the firm for 21 years. Allen’s greatest strengths are a love of teaching and facilitating understanding between engineers, architects, and contractors. He has a particular interest in collaborating with architects to maintain exposed structure of buildings. His wide range of experience includes education, institutional, commercial/corporate, athletic facilities, performing arts, multi-family housing, tenant improvement projects and historic renovations. Allen’s history with the old Berkeley Art Museum building goes back almost 26 years, including working on various iterations of the renovation since 2012.

    Todd Smith
    Page & Turnbull

    As a Senior Architect with Page & Turnbull, Todd works with historic buildings. However, he has is a special place in his heart for modern & midcentury buildings and landscapes. Regardless of style or era, Todd designs context-based solutions that respect historic buildings while ensuring they meet contemporary codes, standards, and our way of life in the 21st century. Todd meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for Architecture and Historic Architecture and is a CASp specialist. In addition to the Berkeley Art Museum, his projects include Glenn County Court House, Willows, 1076 Howard Street, San Francisco, and the Martial Cottle Park, San Jose.


    Time, Location, + Registration

    There will be two tour times:

    • Tour 1: 9:30 – 11 am
    • Tour 2: 11:30 am – 1 pm

    When registering, please be sure to select the correct tour time. Both tours have very limited capacity; please plan to register early if interested, and please cancel your registration promptly if you will no longer be able to attend.

    The meeting location will be issued to tour registrants by email in advance of the tour start.


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    Bakar BioEnginuity Hub
    2630 Bancroft Way
    Berkeley, CA 94720 United States


    AIA San Francisco
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