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UCSD Price Center East / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

  • 01:00 - 11 June, 2009
UCSD Price Center East / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign
UCSD Price Center East / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

UCSD Price Center East / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign UCSD Price Center East / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign UCSD Price Center East / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign UCSD Price Center East / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign +13

  • Architects

    Yazdani Studio
  • Location

    La Jolla, San Diego, CA, United States
  • Structural Engineer

    Englekirk and Sabol
  • Mechanical Engineer

    IBE Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer

    Coffman
  • Landscape Architect

    Pamela Burton & Company
  • Civil Engineers

    Hirsh & Company
  • Lighting Designer

    Lighting Design Alliance
  • Acoustician

    Newson Brown Acoustics, LLC
  • Client

    University of California, San Diego
  • Cost Estimators

    Cumming LLC
  • General Contractor

    M.A. Mortensen Company
  • Budget

    US $53,000,000
  • Cost/Sq Ft

    $223
  • Total floor area

    172,000sf new construction, 66,000sf renovated, 238,000 total sf.
  • Area

    172000.0 ft2

From the architect. The plan of the University of California at San Diego's existing student center, the Price Center, was developed with an "introverted" configuration - a central courtyard bordered on three sides by all of the building's program elements facing inward - that established a powerful sense of place and a hub for dining, socializing, and events. When the university's growth necessitated an expansion of the Price Center, our solution was to create an "extroverted," highly permeable addition offering many points of entry and features such as plazas and monumental staircases that engage the building's surroundings and enrich the street experience.

The 172,000 sf addition expands the bookstore and the space available for retail, foodservice, and student organizations and reinforces the primary pedestrian circulation paths linking the sides of campus. In response to the gradual slope of the site, the addition has two "ground floors," as does the original Price Center, enhancing the accessibility of both the existing facility and the expansion and maximizing revenue from and synergy among retail and foodservice outlets, all located at grade.

Consistent with the planning goals of the UCSD Master Plan and the University Center Design Guidelines, the addition's architectural character and multiple points of entry aid the transformation of the surrounding University Center neighborhood into a "town center": a lively, dense, pedestrian-oriented area with a distinctive urban quality, serving as hub for many different activities and the heart of the campus. In support of the university's goal of achieving the equivalent of a LEED Silver rating, the project incorporates a number of sustainable design elements.

In the Price Center Expansion, an HVAC system tailored to the microclimate of the La Jolla Mesa uses relief air to serve multiple purposes. Outside air is cooled, filtered, and drawn into office areas, then directed to the building's large atrium space, and finally vented out through spaces that can operate at higher temperatures, such as mechanical and electrical rooms, cooking facilities, and loading docks. The ventilation of mechanical rooms with relief air from the building protects equipment from ocean moisture and salt without requiring additional filtration. With a capacity 30% below standard, the expansion's HVAC system was achieved at a first cost of 20% less than a typical San Diego office VAV system - even with the additional ductwork.

Chilled-water control valves dramatically improve the temperature difference between supply and return chilled water, improving the central plant's efficiency and expanding the capacity of existing equipment. In harmony with the mild climate, the building's heating system provides heat only in required locations at the building perimeter and capitalizes upon internal heat generated from lighting and other sources. Taken together, the building's innovations yield an overall energy efficiency that significantly exceeds California Title 24 standards.

Sustainable Features

Sustainable Sites

Development of building in existing urban campus preserves greenfields and natural resources

144 bicycle rack spaces and three electric cart recharging ports encourage alternative transportation on campus

Building is served by campus bus line accessible from multiple building entries

Trees and landscaping shade 30% of nonroof surfaces, reducing heat-island effects

Exterior lighting achieves zero direct-beam illumination from site, minimizing night-sky light pollution

Indoor Environmental Quality

Displacement ventilation system enhances indoor air quality beyond code minimums

Low-VOC construction adhesives, paints, coatings, carpet, composite wood, and agrifiber products preserve indoor air quality

Permanent temperature and humidity monitoring system integrated with building's automation system maintains building zones within comfort setpoints

Materials and Resources

Existing Price Center building reused

Exterior stone reused

30,000 cubic yards of site-excavated soil reused

Linoleum and wood flooring specified from rapidly renewable materials

Carpeting incorporates 35% recycled content

Construction waste of paper, wood, metal, and concrete separated and recycled by contractor

Energy and Atmosphere

Low-velocity air displacement mechanical system outperforms California Title 24 standards

Customization of ventilation system to microclimate of La Jolla Mesa reduces system's first cost

Circulation of air throughout entire building increases ventilation system efficiency

Water Efficiency

High-efficiency irrigation technology and low-flow fixtures conserve potable water

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afarin · January 02, 2014

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kambiz · February 27, 2010

This is a very nice design. Hamishe Movafagh bashi MRHRDAD joon.

courtney · February 21, 2010

I pretty much live in this building and I have nothing but positive things to say about it... many windows, beautiful view, but enough beauty that student's can concentrate and not be distracted
very nice interior

Chen Bin Fu · May 03, 2013 05:59 PM

hi ,i've got a question that what is thc difference between price center and student center? for activities or mainly for college administration?

maggiepoopoo · February 19, 2010

HELLA AWESOME BUILDING

liz · February 16, 2010

This is a very outstanding building. I have been here and it truly deserves to win. The interior and exterior design is very well-built and the furniture is truly inviting.

anonymous · February 14, 2010

This is by far one of the best buildings I have seen on this website. I have been in here and I find it is best to vote for buildings that have ACTUALLY BEEN BUILT. This is a very promising and high class facility. Great Job, Yazdani Studio.

Georgiana · February 02, 2010

Outstanding…
Deceptively simple yet innovative…
And Leed Silver!
Great project!

Gary · January 21, 2010

I work in the building. It's great but there is no infinity pool, sky garden, or barbeque pit!

nicki · February 02, 2010 06:45 AM

Dude. On the roof there is an infinity pool, a coffee shop, sky garden, poolside bar, and a barbeque pit. Where have YOU been?

Designer Lighting Products · June 19, 2009

On the rooftop there is an infinity pool, a coffee shop, sky garden, poolside bar, barbeque pit, and lounge. Designer Lighting Products

Getty Shultz E. · June 14, 2009

Nice building.
A lot of recurses and effort.

aa4 · June 13, 2009

Good university project!

Nathan · June 12, 2009

Looks like Pamela got a pretty sad little landscape budget. Shame, she does nice work.

imagine · June 12, 2009

simple, pretty and interesting

Kevin · June 12, 2009

good job !

MJ · June 11, 2009

boxes & boxes...

PanamArq · June 11, 2009

I like the building but could do without the "greenwashed" list of sustainable features. It is very easy to get LEED silver by just following the regular building code.

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