University of California—Berkeley’s new Centralized Dining & Student Services Building consolidates functions once scattered about the campus. The residential-services component is a four-story office tower housing administration, registration, Cal Rentals, early-childhood education, human resources, student services, and residential and family living “fused” with a new CAPACITY900COST PER SQ FT$295.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio commons.
“The Crossroads” combines and replaces two existing dining halls and operates as a marche-style servery offering several “platforms” with a variety of menu choices. The dining facility, more public in its massing, occupies a prominent corner of the site; the residential student-services tower acts as a taller rectangular backdrop for the dining hall.
Using a sustainable approach, the design maximizes the introduction of daylight and minimizes the use of “applied” decoration. Polished concrete floors, plaster walls and creative acoustical ceilings establish a simple look that is durable and easy to maintain. The architectural sun shades at the Student Services Building are constructed of perforated metal panels placed vertically adjacent to each window to reduce the heat gain at the interior in the late-morning and early-afternoon hours.
The site is central to the residential area of the campus, and adjacent to a neighborhood of diverse architectural style and community housing.