When designing a massive intergenerational campus, how do you meet everyone's needs?
When designing a massive intergenerational campus, how do you meet everyone's needs?

Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life, Oshman Family JCC & Moldaw Residences

This 8.5-acre, urban campus provides an architecturally dynamic environment for both young and old and proved an intriguing structural challenge with non-traditional pathways and building shapes as well as parking below the podium.
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  • This LEED Silver Certified urban campus is designed around eight outdoor rooms, each with its own distinctive identity. Consisting of 8 concrete and 4 steel buildings, the campus allows its residents all of the benefits of city life, without the challenges of urban life for seniors. It includes the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center with gymnasium, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, locker rooms, a multi-purpose theatre, offices, retail spaces, food service areas, nursery school, classrooms, independent and assisted living units and a CCRC continuum care retirement community.
  • With large buildings above ground and parking for 650 cars below, this project was essentially a grand-scale puzzle. Structural components like columns had to be placed carefully and strategically because they came through the parking podium below, so the project team had to make sure they weren’t placing a column in the middle of a thoroughfare for the garage. This proved a particularly engaging task, as the entire campus is set on intersecting grids to create variation in the outdoor pathways and buildings.

Athletic Facilities, Multi-Unit Residential, Performing Arts/Museums/Libraries

  • Architect: Steinberg Architects
  • Owners’ Representative: Sares Regis of Northern California; Owners: Oshman Family JCC and the Moldaw Family Residences
  • 8 residential buildings are post-tensioned concrete structures
  • Built on two intersecting grids, evokes the feel of a medieval town’s maze-like streets