UCSC Humanities and Social Sciences Facility

Location: Santa Cruz
Features: The Humanities and Social Sciences project was constructed on a centrally located site north of Cowell College at the corner of McLaughlin Drive and Hagar Drive on the UCSC campus. It provides 85,000 SF of office space to house faculty offices and classrooms to serve the Division of Humanities and the Education Department of the Division of Social Sciences. Three separate buildings are clustered around a central plaza area set within a heavily wooded site. The complex provides faculty and administrative offices, computer labs, smaller classrooms and separate 300 seat lecture hall. A small utility road off Hagar Road is provided for service. Several large stands of existing trees were preserved; therefore, tree shoring and protection were very important component of construction. The Humanities 1 and 2 buildings are steel framed with concrete structural shear walls and are varying in the height (four and six stories). The one story Lecture Hall consists of wood framing and exposed concrete masonry unit walls.
Owner: University of California at Santa Cruz
Architect: Thomas Hacker Architects