Urbana, Illinois, United States
Transformation at the heart of the campus
Engineering has been a core academic focus at the University of California, Berkeley since the institution’s founding in 1868. More than 150 years later, Berkeley Engineering has evolved tremendously, establishing numerous disciplines, research institutes, and programs. Today, the campus’s “Engineering Neighborhood” of more than a dozen buildings reflects this evolution–ranging from the Hearst Memorial Mining Building, built in 1907, to 21st-century facilities for nanofabrication, rapid prototyping, and bioengineering. The Bechtel Engineering Center is the college’s interdisciplinary heart, containing shared resources such as the Engineering Student Services offices, the Kresge Engineering Library, and the Sibley Auditorium.
Since the Bechtel Engineering Center’s establishment in 1980, engineering student enrollment has grown by more than 80 percent. As Berkeley Engineering anticipates continued growth, the importance of the new Engineering Center is clear: it is the social core, interdisciplinary nexus, and entrance to the college. Through a project that adapts and builds upon the existing structure, the new Engineering Center will expand capacity and foster a dynamic culture of inclusion, collaboration, and innovation.