Kaplan Educational Center

location:Berkeley, CA
owner:Kaplan Educational Centers
completion:Fall 2000

Our firm converted this former bank in downtown Berkeley into 25,000 square feet of classrooms, conference rooms, computer labs, and administrative offices. We completely redesigned the building’s outdated interior and exterior, added two floors, and brought it up to code. It is located at the apex of two main diagonal arteries, and our design is reminiscent of buildings that were created to fit these triangular, flatiron sites at key intersections. However, rather than mimicking this older style of architecture, we accommodated the traditions of flatiron sites, emphasizing the verticality of the building, while rounding its corners.

Awards + Publications

Berkeley Daily Planet, July 19, p. 1., “Facelift for newly remodeled building revealed to public,” Kaplan Education Center. Berkeley, CA

Downtown Berkeley Association  Excellence in Design Award, Kaplan Educational Center. Berkeley, CA