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University of California, Berkeley, Blum Center for Developing Economies

Berkeley, California

Bringing together multidisciplinary teams to develop solutions to alleviate global poverty, the Blum Center complex renovates and expands the historic 1914 Naval Architecture Building to provide a light-filled, three-story space shared by the center and the college. Responding to its landmark counterpart with a modern interpretation, the new wing is connected to the existing building by a second-floor bridge. The LEED® Silver-certified building incorporates a number of sustainable design strategies, including extensive use of glass, sunshades, operable windows and FSC-certified cedar shingles from sustainably managed forests.