Ed Roberts Campus

The Ed Roberts Campus is a nationally-recognized model of universal design in the San Francisco Bay Area, exemplifying design addressing a social justice issue.

The Ed Roberts Campus (ERC) is one of the first buildings of its kind in the nation - a community center serving and celebrating the Independent Living / Disabled Rights Movement. Located at a regional transit hub and integrating advanced strategies of Universal Design and Sustainable Design, the ERC welcomes and supports people of all abilities.

Owner

Ed Roberts Campus

LOCATION

Berkeley, CA

SIZE

85,000 sq. ft.

Photography

Tim Griffith

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The two-story, $36 million mixed-use project incorporates offices for non-profit and governmental organizations serving the disabled community, a conference center, job and computer training classrooms, a fitness center and a childcare facility. An iconic helical ramp welcomes people of all abilities to the second floor while it expresses the values of Universal Design to the general public.

Integrating advanced strategies of universal design and sustainable design, the building welcomes and supports people of all abilities.

Awards
Paralyzed Veterans of America, Barrier-Free America (BFA)
Urban Land Institute, Global Award of Excellence
Urban Land Institute, Award of Excellence (Americas)
AIA California Council Residential, Merit Award for Architecture
AIA East Bay, Citation Award
AIA San Francisco, Citation Award
Berkeley Design Associates, Award for Design Excellence
The Ed Roberts Campus is a nationally-recognized model of universal design in the San Francisco Bay Area, exemplifying design addressing a social justice issue.

“Universal design really is good design—it is making buildings that are functional and adapt to the people that will be using them, as opposed to having people adapt to the built environment. That’s the way it should be.”

Dmitri Belser, President, Ed Roberts Campus

The Ed Roberts Campus is a nationally-recognized model of universal design in the San Francisco Bay Area, exemplifying design addressing a social justice issue.
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Jake Aftreth, Angus Eade, Mark Chenchin, Adam Franch, Michael Hinchliff, Sean Kennedy, Laura Klinger, Michael Kothke, Mattison Ly, Chris May, Claudia Merzario, Thomas Monahan, Beth Morris, Kohei SasaKawa, Roberto Sheinberg, Charlie Stott, Colin Speer, Sannihita Takkallapalli, Luke Taylor-Brown, Yung Tran, Matthew Wadlund