Dean Frieder Seible of the Jacobs School of Engineering instilled in the design team that this building should speak to the Bauhaus movement, “which brought art, technology and craftsmanship together and created modern architecture.” The spaces within the building that are meant for this Bauhaus-like collaboration bring all the building’s students together in a woven cross pollination of educational departments. These spaces also contain intimate views of the natural surroundings of Pepper Canyon, which help contribute inspiration to the collaboration. The straight portion of the building is split from the curved by a unique elevated bridge. The bridge exits the second level onto a landscaped hill, which serves as a communal outdoor area. This area literally is the expansion and blurring of the Pepper Canyon environment right into the entrance of the building.
Miller Hull has proved time and time again that it is not a checklist that creates the buildings they design. As Miller Hull Associate Brian Court explained, “a lot of the fundamental concepts of LEED are embedded in Miller Hull’s work.” Many times, Miller Hull’s designers have found themselves in positions where a client may not decide to pursue a sustainable accreditation until later in the design or construction process. This engineering building was no different, and thankfully Miller Hull was already two steps ahead of the decision. This building exemplifies ingenuity, and thus its LEED design will continue to educate UCSD students and staff for decades to come.