SCU – Bension Memorial Center

Shums Coda Associates completed plan reviews for numerous projects at the Santa Clara University. One of which is the major renovation of Benson Memorial Center’s dining facility. This 16,350 sq. ft. project consisted of a complete overhaul of the commercial kitchen and dining facility, including HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. The structural review included rooftop reinforcement to allow the addition of 12 new skylights to provide natural light. In addition, SCA completed the structural review of the Radiant House, a student-designed and built project for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Challenge. The design approach is to substitute an initial conventional softwood design with one that makes use of a bamboo structural system. Research conducted at Santa Clara University yielded results affirming bamboo’s suitability as a substitute for bamboo joists and gravity walls. SCA’s most recent review at the University included the initial phase of many phases to upgrade the softball field into a state-of-the art athletics facility. This initial review included upgrading utilities, existing facilities and bleachers.

Project Type: Educational
Service Provided: Building Plan Review
Location: Santa Clara, CA