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Bakar BioEnginuity Team

Project Lead – Ken Lidicker, MBH Architects

Client/Owner – Ken Defiebre, Principal

Architect/Designer – John McNulty, MBH Architects

Architect/Designer – Andres Grechi, MBH Architects

Architect/Designer – Ken Lidicker, MBH Architects

Architect/Designer – Kevin Koblik, MBH Architects

Architect/Designer – Marlene Hurtado, MBH Architects

Structural Engineer – Allen Nudel, Forell | Elsesser

Structural Engineer – Masume Dana, Forell | Elsesser

Structural Engineer – Andrew Salber, Forell | Elsesser

MEP – Marco Alves, PAE

MEP – Alan Shepherd, PAE

MEP – Debbie Grieves, PAE

Historic Preservation – Jay Turnbull, FAIA, Page & Turnbull

Historic Preservation – Sarah Brummet, Page & Turnbull

Historic Preservation – Carolyn Kiernat, AIA, Page & Turnbull

Historic Preservation – Todd Smith, Page & Turnbull

Acoustics Consultant – Alexander Salter, Salter

Acoustics Consultant – Dennis Mill, Salter

LVT Consultant – Davis Keith, Salter

LVT Consultant – Hester Ng, Salter

LVT Consultant – Rob Hammond, Salter

Lab Consultant – Richard Kalish, ZGF Architects

Lab Consultant – Jorge Gallegos, ZGF Architects

Civil Engineer – Jackie Luk, Luk & Associates

Landscape Architect – Bruce Jett, JETT Landscape Architecture + Design

Landscape Architect – Lia Farley, JETT Landscape Architecture + Design

Vertical TransportationSyska Hennessy

Photographer – Bruce Damonte, Bruce Damonte Photography

General Contractor – Brian Main, Plant Construction Company LP

General Contractor – Hunter Browne, Plant Construction Company LP

General Contractor – Justin Heinrich, Plant Construction Company LP

General Contractor – Valerie Jord, Plant Construction Company LP

General Contractor – Ryan Chilton, Plant Construction Company LP

General Contractor – Jose Lopez, Plant Construction Company LP

General Contractor – Micah Millard, Plant Construction Company LP

General Contractor – Justin Graham, Plant Construction Company LP

Bakar BioEnginuity Hub

The Bakar BioEnginuity Hub of Berkeley is a winner for the 2022 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.

About the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub Project

Bakar BioEnginuity Hub transforms the former Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive on the University of California, Berkeley campus from a structurally-deficient inoperable space into a coworking life science lab facility designed to LEED Gold standards. The design, which includes a contrasting glass-fronted addition and two new public plazas, modernizes the historically-significant building designed by Mario Ciampi to today’s standards while honoring the building’s original brutalist design. Issues such as seismic and acoustic performance and water intrusion were addressed while bringing the building up to code and overhauling mechanical systems. 

Working within the confines of highly unusual geometry, MBH Architects converted the former museum’s upper-level galleries into glass-fronted labs that overlook dramatic cantilevered ramps hanging within a sky-lit double height space. Now a lively hub for scientific innovation, this board-formed concrete icon is reborn with new purpose.

Featured Image Courtesy Bruce Damonte Photography