California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley

California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: Main Entrance
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: Main Entry Arch
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: Entry Facade
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: Light Refraction
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: Timeless Beauty
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: Preserving Details
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: Contrasting Light
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: Main entry to the stadium. Appearance reflects the stress cracks, peeling polymer paints, exposed board-formed concrete, pollution streaking and soiling, rusting reinforcement that has spalled the surfaces.
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: West façade. Stress cracks are visible in this image along with weather erosion from water streaming down the surface at speed.
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: West façade. Appearance reflects exposed board-formed concrete, most of the polymer paint has weathered off, environment staining especially where pollutants collect on horizontal ledges, and missing/eroded concrete at drip edges below window ledges.
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: Before: West façade, Detail 9. Loss of drip edge below windows, water infiltration, and rusting metal reinforcement breaking the concrete apart. Environmental staining from horizontal ledges.
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley: Before: West façade, Detail 8. Loss of drip edge below windows, water infiltration, and rusting metal reinforcement breaking the concrete apart. Environmental staining from horizontal ledges.
California Memorial Stadium University of California at Berkeley

About This Project

On the National Register of Historic Places, the 2010-2012 California Memorial Stadium renovation included staining the historic concrete façade so the finish would retain the board-formed textures without loss of the historic repairs.  Cracks developed in the façade from movement stress (the stadium is located over the Hayward Fault) were left as part of the historic fabric.
Challenges Retain textural quality and natural concrete appearance of the historic fabric.
Blend renovation concrete repairs into the historic fabric.
Provide a long-lasting stain that will not fade, peel, or have a sheen.
Solutions Concretal Lasur sol silicate stain/glaze diluted with Concretal Dilution
Architect Knapp Architects
53rd Street Suite 920
San Francisco, CA 94103
knapp-architect.com
Contractor Clinton Construction Company
Applicator Pullman/SPS Infrastructure, Inc.
675 Stone Road
Benicia, CA 94901
pullman-services.com
Type of Project Stadiums
Customer University of California at Berkeley
Location Berkeley, California (United States)
Regional Info Berkeley has a cool summer Mediterranean climate with dry summers and wet winters.  The summers are cooler than a typical Mediterranean climate thanks to upwelling ocean currents along the California coast. These help produce cool and foggy nights and mornings.  Average January (the coolest month) temperatures are 43 °F to 56 °F, September (the warmest month) temperatures are 56 °F to 72 °F.  Average annual precipitation is 25.40 inches.  In the late spring and early fall, strong offshore winds bring heat and dryness to the area creating a danger of wildfires.

News/Announcements

California Memorial Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley. Commonly known as Memorial Stadium, it is the home field for the University of California Golden Bears of the Pacific-12 Conference. The venue opened in 1923 and currently seats around 63,000 fans for football. The playing field runs NW-SE, at an elevation of 410 feet above sea level, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 27, 2006. The stadium is located on the Hayward Fault, which passes directly under the playing field, nearly from goal post to goal post.