University of California—Santa Cruz, Bay Tree Bookstore and Graduate Student Commons

Santa Cruz, California

  • FIRM

    EHDD Architecture


    University of California—Santa Cruz Office of Campus Facilities

  • AREA

    50,000 sq.ft.





Situated in the heart of the campus, this project was created as a focal point for student activities in an otherwise decentralized campus. The Bay Tree Bookstore is a 37,000-square-foot building that gracefully curves around hills and trees.

On the ground floor is the campus bookstore, a variety of small shops and public restrooms. The second floor houses ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio books and related store offices. With a dedicated lobby at the plaza level, visitors can get to the third floor for student services or conference rooms. The exterior deck at the third floor, which continues along the length of the building, provides the opportunity to further an image of student life in the central plaza.

Directly across from the bookstore is the two-level, 6,700-square-foot Graduate Student Commons. This building contains a restaurant on the first level with rollup garage doors that allow students to dine outdoors. Upstairs, the graduate students enjoy private study rooms, a spacious lounge with a fireplace, tables and comfortable furniture, along with offices that support their student organizations.