The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is undergoing a complete rebuild in a new downtown Berkeley location, west of Oxford Street between Center and Addison, with its opening set for January 2016. The “topping out” celebration was a chance for art fans to sign the final beam before watching it be set into place by construction workers shortly after 7 p.m. Addison Street between Oxford and Shattuck Avenue was closed to vehicle traffic during the event, as attendees enjoyed music from 14-piece brass band Mission Delirium and wrote messages on every surface of the beam using colorful markers. -Berkeleyside
The new museum, in addition to being seismically safe, will have twice the space for education and collection access, so “the material richness of UC Berkeley’s collection will be accessible to a broader public,” Rinder told the crowd Thursday. The facility will also include two state-of-the art theaters to showcase the Pacific Film Archive’s collection “for the first time in our history.” -Berkeleyside
MG McGrath Scope of Work: Metal Skin and Exterior Glazing within Metal Skin and Curtain Wall Entrances and Skylights. Stainless Steel Panel Cladding and Sub Structure: 18 gauge 316 stainless steel hook seam panel | 16 gauge 316 stainless steel with 2b finish continuous clips | 16 gauge galvanized linear sheet .
The Transformation of UC-Berkeley’s former printing plant into the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive will include a zinc-clad addition along Oxford Street containing the archive’s theater, with the zinc continuing south to Center Street above the facility’s circulation spine.