Ed Roberts Campus — 2011 Global Award for Excellence Winner

Ed Roberts Campus

About Ed Roberts Campus

Developer: Ed Roberts Campus with Equity Community Builders as Development Manager
Owner: Ed Roberts Campus
Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Partners: Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program, Center for Accessible Technology, Center for Independent Living, Computer Technologies Program, Disability Rights & Education Defense Fund, Through the Looking Glass, World Institute on Disability, Bay Area Rapid Transit District, City of Berkeley, CDA Strategies, Cahill Contractors, BCCI Construction Co.
Location: Berkeley, California

Why Ed Roberts Campus?

The Ed Roberts Campus is a mission-driven development conceived, developed, owned and operated by a consortium of non-profit partners commited to creating an international center for the Independent Living Movement. It creates a fully integrated work and gathering locus for individuals, families, advocates and service providers involved with people with disabilities in a totally accessible, universally designed, transit oriented facility. The 1.6 acre site is located in Berkeley, California, adjecent to the Ashby Station of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to which it provides direct acces. The building provides over 60,000 s.f. of office space and a childcare center supported by significant shared spaces (conference rooms, exhibition space and open atrium with cnetrial helical access ramp) and an underground parking garage. Construction was completed in November 2010 and the building is 85% occupied.

The Ed Roberts Campus…

Ed Roberts Campus

Main entry at night. Photo credit: Tim Griffith

  • was conceived, developed and occupied by non-profit organizations collaborating for a shared social goal
  • was developed on previously under-utilized public land at a transit station now serves as a national center for the disabled community
  • Recruited capable development and design professionals energized by the complexities of site, financing and constituency
  • Provides an innovative funding model that can serve as a template for public/private collaborations
  • advances state of the art Universal and Sustainable Design strategies throughout its design

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