UC BERKELEY ART MUSEUM & PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE PROJECT
PRIME Electric was selected to provide the electrical installation for the new UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The center joined a section of Berkeley that already has a reputation for the arts, with institutions including the Berkeley Repertory Theater and Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.
This state of the art facility is the first of its kind in country. The design called for the new building structures to interface with (2) existing Historically Registered campus buildings that were constructed in the early 1900’s.
The first historic building known as the Press Building was demolished and its saw tooth roof structure was salvaged, refurbished and incorporated into the new museum and art gallery building’s roof. The second building is the old three story campus Administration Building. This building required the gutting of its interior, excavating the underside of the slab on grade, underpinning the entire existing structural slab and then seismically bracing the structure prior to starting construction of the new facility as we see it today.
The three story Administration Building houses support staff office space and facility management. The Press Building houses the museum and art gallery. The new Picture Tube Building houses 230 seat theater and screening rooms on the first floor and the film archive and training center on the basement level.
This project achieved LEED® Silver certification.
2016 NECA Project Excellence Award Winner
2016 ENR Cultural/Worship Award of Merit