UC Santa Cruz Science and Engineering Library

Santa Cruz, California

Completed in 1991, the layout of this library on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus minimized the number of redwoods to be removed, preserving the character of the mature grove. Large expanses of glass open into the grove and fill the open space with natural light. A terraced entry plaza, set into the hillside at the middle of the building’s three levels, connects the library to the neighboring science buildings. The building’s exterior palette complements its forest setting. Copper, left to patina naturally to a maintenance-free green, clads the nonstructural walls at the stairs and elevator and is repeated in simple windows and trim.


University of California at Santa Cruz


72,000 sf


1992 Winner, Architectural Category - American Concrete Institute, Northern California/Western Nevada Chaper
1993 Library Building Award - AIA/American Library Association
1993 Award of Excellence - Portland Cement Association
1994 Design Award - Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
1994 Honor Award - AIA California Council


Interior Design