In the coming years, UC Santa Cruz will embark on an extensive two-phase renewal and revitalization of Kresge College.One of the most dynamic and iconic institutions at UC Santa Cruz, Kresge College has long been recognized for its support of experiential and interdisciplinary education and for its architectural heritage. Kresge College was built in 1973 as the sixth college at UC Santa Cruz, encompassing approximately eight acres of varied topography and redwood forest. Designed by architect Charles Moore of Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull and Whitaker (MLTW) with landscape architect Dan Kiley, the college is designed as a cluster of residential and social buildings clustered around a pedestrian street.
Today, having long outlasted their expected lifespan in a marine climate, many of the materials and details of the stucco campus buildings and hardscape are in need of repair. The college can no longer meet the residential and academic needs of its students.
In order to honor Kresge’s cultural and architectural legacy, and improve its ability to serve broader campus and evolving student needs in the coming generations, the project will balance limited redevelopment with the renovation of the majority of existing buildings, extending Moore’s legacy for future generations of students.
Focused around improving many of the experimental concepts developed by Moore, the project supports creating new spaces for student life and support, including student co-op space; creates more accessible circulation through the college; improves environmental performance; increases residential capacity to keep up with demand; introduces new academic space to strengthen its living-learning mission, and provides direct connections to campus core via the North Bridge.
Now in the planning phase, in which program and site organization are being developed, careful consideration has been paid to which buildings are renovated and which buildings will be replaced in order to honor the legacy of Moore’s plan while improving the evolving vision. The …