Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: De Mars, Vernon, Architect (firm); Vernon Armand DeMars (architect)

Dates: constructed 1963

Livermore, CA 94550

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Anshen and Allen won a closed competition among five invited architecture firms; the firms included: Louis I. Kahn, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, San Francisco, Eero Saarinen and Associates, and Vernon DeMars. The program called for a large 200-foot planetarium, eight assembly halls, a science education center with classrooms, laboratories, a television studio, offices, and a cafeteria, a 600-seat auditorium with a rotating stage, a science information center, and parking for 750 vehicles. The hall was located on Vista del Cerro in the hills above Berkeley, overlooking what was called the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (later known as Lawrence Livermore Laboratories). The jury consisted of architects Pietro Belluschi, Richard M. Bennett, and Clarence W.W. Mayhew, along with University of California Regents, Donald H. McLaughlin and Edwin Pauley.

PCAD id: 5965