Thursday, February 6, 2020

Julia Morgan Hall wins 2020 US WoodWorks Wood Design Award

By The Editors, February 5, 2020
Architect's Newspaper

Adaptable and Durable Wood Structures

Project: Julia Morgan Hall
Location: Berkeley, California
Architect: Siegel & Strain Architects
Structural Engineer: Bluestone Engineering
Contractor: James R. Griffin
Photography: David Wakely

Designed in 1911 by California architect Julia Morgan (who also designed Hearst Castle), this Senior Women’s Hall at UC Berkeley is an elegant redwood bungalow with exposed wall and roof framing and a natural-finish interior. The building served as a gathering place for female students until 1969, when it was converted into a childcare center. First relocated in 1946, it was moved again in 2014—to the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. To extricate the structure from its site and negotiate a winding road with overhanging trees, the building was divided into four segments, which were reassembled at the Garden, rehabilitated and upgraded to meet current accessibility standards. All of the work—including cutting, installation, subsequent removal of temporary shoring and protection, and reassembly—had to be carefully executed to avoid damage. The exposed interior wood components required only minimal staining to conceal wear and tear, while the rich wood floors were refinished. the redwood siding was replaced as required and painted, and the team added a new wood porch. 2,255 square feet / Type V-B construction.

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