University of California, Berkeley
Year Constructed
Year Retrofitted
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Davis Hall
Davis Hall
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Significance to Structural Engineering History in Northern California

Since its construction, Davis Hall has been home of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In addition to faculty offices and classrooms, the building features structural and earthquake engineering labs, including the building’s ground floor two-story “structures bay”, which provides space for testing scale models. Davis Hall also is headquarters for the student chapters of SEAONC, ASCE, and Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Honor Society.

Structure Description

Davis Hall is a 142,000 sq. ft., seven-story with basement concrete shear wall structure construction in 1967. The building was partially retrofit in 2004 by Rutherford & Chekene. The building is named for Professor Raymond Davis, who spent 50 years on the Berkeley faculty and developed the Engineering Materials Laboratory.

Interesting Facts
  • Davis Hall is home to the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER).
  • The one-story northern portion of Davis Hall was demolished in 2004 for the construction of Sutardja Dai Hall.