An Award-Winning Structure

The Cowell Ranch Hay Barn has received numerous design and engineering awards for its unique approach to reinventing the historic space for a wide variety of contemporary uses, while incorporating key period construction techniques.

The American Institute of Architects award noted the "exhaustive documentation, piece-by-piece deconstruction, painstaking reassembly of the historic structure by weaving together new and old elements, and the incorporation of contemporary program. As home to one of the university’s most progressive programs, the Hay Barn is both an emblem of the campus’ origins and a reassertion of its commitment to innovation." The project is also a LEED-2009 Gold building.

Read more about the Hay Barn’s awards –

American Institute of Architects, California Council

Hay Barn receives American Institute of Architects award 

ASHRAE, Golden Gate Division

Cowell Ranch Hay Barn recognized for energy-efficient systems 

American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter

Cowell Ranch Hay Barn recognized by architects 

California Preservation Foundation

Hay Barn receives preservation design award

American Institute of Architects, Montana, and the Wood Products Council

Cowell Ranch Hay Barn wins architectural awards 

Society for College and University Planning 

Hay Barn receives Excellence in Architecture Award   

See a talk by Richard Fernau, lead architect of Fernau + Hartman, who led the Hay Barn reconstruction project.