The Proposed UC Berkeley Global Campus: Quad Zero, Resiliency, and Public/Private Partnership

Josiah Cain, Sherwood Design Engineers

The proposed UC "Berkeley Global Campus" for Richmond, CA is targeting Net Zero Energy, Water, Waste, and Carbon. Following the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) process, an infrastructure Master Plan phase of work was undertaken by Integral Group and Sherwood Design Engineers. This effort addresses phasing of complex, highly aspirational goals in a context of long term sustainability and resiliency, with a development model of Public/Private Partnership.

The site has significant resiliency challenges with regard to Drought, Earthquake, and Sea Level Rise, all of which present significant design drivers for reliable water infrastructure.

Laboratory facilities, and associated chemical constituents further complicate issues of water treatment and reuse. Ecological integration of the proposed campus, site infrastructure, and adjacent San Francisco Bay has been studied in depth.

In response to rapidly evolving public education funding in California, creative development and funding models have been explored, including models for private research partners and engagement with both local organizations and regional infrastructure utility operators.

Using this project as a catalyzing case study and point of departure, this presentation will examine trends including District Infrastructure, "Ecodistricts," PPP's, Campus Resiliency, Net Zero Infrastructure, and the relationship between technological sustainability and ecological integration.


In addition to managing Sherwood's Innovation Program, Josiah Cain provides strategic ecological performance and site integration leadership, with a focus on regenerative campus and district-scale urban infrastructure.

He has over 20 years of experience, including significant project leads in rain harvesting, graywater and blackwater reuse, green roofs, living walls, native habitats, urban ecology, stormwater management, food systems, and sustainable materials.

He holds degrees from both UC Davis and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has taught advanced sustainable design coursework at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and as a Teaching Fellow at the GSD.


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