By Ray Huard
The following is excerpted from the San Diego Business Journal.
A $35 million project to strengthen one of the oldest buildings on the University of California San Diego’s Torrey Pines campus to protect it from earthquakes is wrapping up with completion expected in the fall.
Built in 1966 in the Revelle College neighborhood of UC San Diego, the 134,000-square-foot York Hall was one of the original structures on campus and is a centerpiece of the university.
“It’s a really heavily used building that’s booked from early in the morning until late at night,” said Bryan Seamer, director of structural engineering at LPA, an Irvine company that designed the project.
Consisting of four connected buildings, York Hall also “is the heart of our campus,” said Elisa Pittner, UC San Diego project manager.
Although not listed on an historic register, York Hall “contributes to the historic character of our campus,” Pittner said. “We do select architects and designers, who propose how they would do this without interfering with that historic character, not just the building, but the overall Revelle College character.”
Work on the project began in 2020, and this year, it received awards from the Structural Engineering Association of San Diego and the Structural Engineering Association of Southern California, an industry trade group.
By Ray Huard