Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Shyh Wang Hall in Berkeley, Calif. Courtesy Perkins+Will.
Shyh Wang Hall is a high-performance computing and office facility that provides a collaborative work space for University of California Berkeley campus faculty and students, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) computational research division scientific staff, and National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center staff.
Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design services for the four-story, 149,775-square-foot building. The structure includes 83,176 square feet of office space, a visualization laboratory, and conference space for 300 staff. The entire facility is carved into the side of a severely sloped hill, requiring the use of 30- to 60-foot-tall concrete walls and soil tiebacks to ensure stability under seismic and gravity loads.
The computing level of this landmark facility is designed to support a uniform live load of 500 pounds per square feet on a base-isolated access floor system to protect the precious super-computing equipment. The 20,000 square feet of computing space accommodates two high-performance computing systems and will provide for anticipated growth in the scientific cluster support area.
The project is targeting LEED Gold certification.
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