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December 14, 2005

Architectural Citation Awarded for
UCSD’s Pepper Canyon Hall Design

By Pat JaCoby

The design for Pepper Canyon Hall at the University of California, San Diego has won a prestigious award from the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles chapter, for the Los Angeles office of SmithGroup, one of the nation’s largest architectural firms.

In its annual competition celebrating “the best and most distinguished in contemporary architecture and design,” the AIA chapter presented a Citation Award to the SmithGroup for its innovative planning for Pepper Canyon Hall, a multi-purpose academic facility.

The citation notes the building’s “future flexibility within an elegant steel and glass façade,” and adds, “the building’s exterior courtyard creates a significant new public space for student gathering and enhances the pedestrian experience in the new Sixth College and University Center neighborhood, reinforcing the tone of future development in this important area of campus.”

Construction of the $15.2 million structure started in March, 2003 and was completed in August, 2004. With 44,418 assignable square feet, the building contains classrooms on the ground floor and offices for Sixth College and “swing space” for personnel temporarily displaced by campus construction on the remaining three floors.

Media Contact: Pat JaCoby, 534-7404.

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