UC Santa Cruz Engineering II Building / Certified LEED® Silver for New Construction, Engineering II was UCSC's first LEED-certified project. This green building, moreover, was thoughtfully designed to complement the brutalist forms of the existing Jack Baskin School of Engineering facility and to integrate into a socially active and ecologically rich landscape. JLJA completed the landscape's design and construction documents so as to seamlessly blend old buildings with new, forest with plazas, and open space with a dense building footprint. The design, which incorporated an on-site tree re-planting program, features a sunny plaza and social hub surrounded by plantings that complement the campus palette of coastal redwood understory. Boulders salvaged from the site provide aesthetic accents that create seasonal water features. The American Institute of Architects awarded JLJA a Landscape Architecture Merit Award for the quality of their work on this project.
Client: University of California
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Size: 8 acres with 160,000 s.f. building
Cost: $50 million
Architect: CO Architects (formerly Anshen + Allen Architects)
Recognition: LEED® Silver for New Construction, U. S. Green Building Council; Merit Award, 2006, American Institute of Architects