Santa Clara University retained Cornerstone Earth Group, Inc. to provide geotechnical, environmental, and construction services for the Sobrato Campus of Discovery and Innovation. The main structure was built on the existing engineering quad, and required demolition of the four engineering buildings bordering the quad. Cornerstone’s contributions to the project included geotechnical and environmental consulting, environmental and construction services observation, and geotechnical laboratory testing services.
The campus was designed to provide a flexible environment for students of both the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering. The 270,000 square foot main building, consisting of classrooms, on-site research labs, and offices, serves as a hub of collaboration between students studying the fields of neuroscience, bioengineering, sustainability, and environmental science. The building is intended to enable cross-disciplinary projects, teaching, and research. The main structure, now the largest on campus, features 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and has capacity to hold over 1,400 seats for students and faculty.