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Academic Building Constructed Amongst Redwood Giants

UCSC Kresge College Academic Building | Santa Cruz, CA


Built right up against the existing forest canopy, the 35,400-square-foot structure features an array of classrooms, administrative offices, as well as a 600-person auditorium. This renewal project was designed to preserve the unique architectural and cultural spirit of the original Kresge College while updating it to the needs of 21st-century students. The academic facility features many timber design elements, including CLT floor and roof diaphragms, glulam beams, wood shear walls, and light wood-frame walls. Timberlab worked with Zip-O Laminators as the glulam supplier for the Kresge ACAD project and handled all the fabrication in-house – providing significant savings in the overall schedule. Timberlab provided design-build services to the project and completed the installation of the structure in Spring 2022.

*This project was delivered by Swinerton, prior to the establishment of Timberlab.*


Owner | UC Santa Cruz

Architect | Studio Gang

Structural Engineer | Magnusson Klemencic Associates

General Contractor | Swinerton

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