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UCSD Franklin Antonio Hall

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The Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego develops advanced research solutions for the public good. This kind of learning and discovery calls for a space that inspires creativity and sparks innovation. Franklin Antonio Hall, UCSD’s new 186,000-square-foot research campus, is comprised of thirteen large facilities known as “collaboratories,” where professor-led groups from different but related disciplines are empowered to collaborate and pursue grand-challenge research.

Bordered by three ravines, FAH is perched atop a mesa with views of the campus and the community. Vertical sunshades give the building a serrated sculptural appearance, reducing solar gain while also providing passive daylight to students deep within the building. The design parti creates a direct connection to nature, allowing students to see the campus or canyon from every interior space, sit under a tree in the central atrium or on an outdoor deck, walk the canyon, or enjoy the outdoor architectural stairs.

Targeting LEED Platinum, the building’s photovoltaic panels work to provide renewable energy that is used onsite and fed into the campus grid. To further establish an experiential connection to the surrounding canyon and restore native habitat, 100% regional native plantings were used around the site and nourished with recycled water.

Photography credited to Nick Merrick by the nominator.

9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093

Project Owner/Developer:
University of California San Diego, Jacobs School Engineering

Contact Name/Email:
Mark Rowland / Mrowland@ucsd.edu

Project Architect/Designer:
Ryan Bussard / Perkins & Will

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  1. Scott Twele

    This was a fun project to be a part of and looks amazing as well. Thanks for having Coffman on the team for FPE and structural engineering.

  2. Steve

    So spacious and airy. The spiral staircase is delightful.

  3. Chris

    Bright and airy design that offers great views of campus and canyon from inside the building. The spiral staircase is spectacular!

  4. Christina

    A wonderfully bright & airy design. The spiral staircase is spectacular!

  5. Ginger King

    Congratulations on the nomination! I had fun working on this team at bkm for this project!

  6. Casey Whitsett - Coffman

    Well deserving of an Orchid!! An amazing project to contribute to!

  7. Allen Lynn

    Beautiful looking building

  8. Randy Burns

    Fantastic project and a wonderful experience for everyone involved.


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