Design: Historic Preservation
University of California, Berkeley, Campanile Esplanade
RHAA Landscape Architects
Principal in Charge: Barbara Lundburg
RHAA Staff Team: Keith Sattler, Roshie Ravan and Jimmy Chan
Client: University of California, Berkeley
UC Berkeley’s Campanile Esplanade celebrates its 100 year anniversary this year. The Esplanade was restored as a priority initiative identified in the Campus Landscape Plan. Deteriorated redwood headers surrounding the raised lawn panels were replaced with granite headers matching the granite on the Campanile and exterior wall. The historic California brick paving had settled creating an uneven surface with poor drainage. The bricks were salvaged and reused with the original brick patterns and details. Drainage was improved with re-grading and the installation of a permeable base under the sand set bricks. A tree assessment was prepared for the historic London Plane trees and recommendations made for their maintenance. Missing fixtures of the Mitchell Fountain were restored using old photos from the Bancroft Library. A “desire line” footpath was formalized and designed to protect the lawn and trees. A planting design maintained the original formality but utilized drought tolerant plants.