When retiring an old, iconic landmark structure, how do you create a new, seismically safe one that will make an equally impressive statement?
When retiring an old, iconic landmark structure, how do you create a new, seismically safe one that will make an equally impressive statement?

Cal State East Bay Student Services & Administration Building

Occupying a gateway area, this building provides a distinctive modern landmark. With innovative buckling restrained braced frames, it’s designed to withstand earthquakes.
 
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  • This new 100,000 s.f. building was the first step in creating a new space for academic rooms, administrative offices, and student services that were previously housed in Warren Hall. The four-story, steel framed structure uses innovative buckling restrained braced frames, which will dissipate seismic energy during large earthquakes, making it a more seismically secure space for faculty and students.
  • A large notch in the middle of the building was designed to allow for more natural light and required particular problem-solving, as it created a break in the middle of the structure. The notch aesthetically increases the architectural variety of the building’s exterior and showcases the architect’s unique vision for this stunning structure.
 
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Academic - University


HIGHLIGHTS
  • Architect: RMW Architecture + Interiors
  • Owner: Cal State East Bay
  • Steel framed with buckling restrained braced frames
  • Large notch in middle of structure for increased natural daylight