Berkeley Matrix

Berkeley, California

JRDV Urban International is the Architect and Master Planner for the Berkeley Matrix. JRDV is working closely with the client and City of Berkeley Planning Department, one of the most challenging jurisdictions in the USA in which to obtain entitlements.

The Berkeley Matrix is an ambitious adaptive reuse project focused on redeveloping a large site with many historic structures. The project is being designed to attract biotechnology and light industrial tenants. The buildings and tenant spaces are arranged to be flexible to serve multiple tenants for a range of build-out needs.

The Berkeley Matrix will include 75,000 GSF of protected manufacturing space and 180,000 GSF of research and development space arranged in a five-building campus. The master plan includes a 300-stall parking structure, multiple access points to interior and exterior loading bays, and landscaped spaces linking each building.

JRDV is working closely with the City of Berkeley Planning Department to maintain the industrial heritage identity of the site. The historic facades are to be preserved. Also a portion of the Macaulay Foundry will be converted into a museum space.

New buildings are designed as either contemporary glass abutments to the historic facades or as industrial-style expansions.


180,000 GSF Research Offices, Flex Space, Historic Preservation

Year: 2015-Today

Client: Ken David and John Allen, Developer

Team: JRDV Urban International, Lead Architect and Master PlannerPage and Turnbull, Historical ConsultantAllen Construction Expeditors, General ContractorGribi Associates, Environmental ConsultantPHA Transportation Consultants, Parking Consultant