University of California, San Diego, Structural Materials and Engineering Building
La Jolla, CA

In 2003, UCSD began evaluating the need for space in the Structural Engineering and Visual Arts departments and the Materials Engineering program. The Structural Engineering department is currently dispersed between four different facilities on campus and the Visual Arts department needs space to accommodate new updates in technology. Several interviews and potential designs were studied to determine the best solution for the need for space. The University concluded that all groups would be best served in a building where these disciplines were integrated to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation, similar to a Bauhaus school.

The building's program requires high lighting levels in the laboratories and power intensive equipment in the engineering, digital imaging and robotics laboratory, as well as the film editing suites. Designing systems that achieve the project and State and University's energy efficiency goals have required intensive collaboration and ingenuity from all disciplines. Syska has worked closely with the design team and University to evaluate potential solutions to these challenges.

Prior to commencing design of the buidling, Syska's engineers were also contracted to provide design for site utility prep. The team designed the extension of the 12 KV and telecommunication distribution system from the East Campus switch station to the project site.

  • Courtesy of Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
  • Courtesy of Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
  • Courtesy of Miller Hull Partnership, LLP


165,000 sf


2014 Institutional Merit Award - AIA San Diego