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Cathedral of Christ the Light – Oakland, California, U.S.

Posted in Built by Cade Morris on October 4, 2022

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Building: Cathedral of Christ the Light
Location: Oakland, California

Completed: 2008
Size: 2.5 acres, 136 feet tall, 250,000 ft2
Cost: $190 million ($760 per ft2 )
Client: Catholic Diocese of Oakland

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merril
General Contractor: Webcor Builders
Civil Engineering: Korve Engineering

AE Interests: Very light ecological footprint using fly ash and slag to decrease cement paste content in concrete. Cathedral is lit entirely by daylight creating luminosity with the exception of evening activities. Uses the advanced method of ancient roman technique of thermal inertia to maintain an appropriate building climate. Built to withstand earthquakes implementing laminated wood timbers and a matrix of friction pendulum base isolators.

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*Original post by Jillmon Holland on September 1, 2009

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