Founded by Scott and Joanie Kriens, 1440 Multiversity was created with a mission to help professionals build stronger connections in the world and to grow in relationship, spirit and wellness. The Kriens teamed up with South Bay Construction (SBC) and architect Jerry Yates to construct the 1440 Multiversity immersive learning center in the Santa Cruz mountains, a commercial renovation project that started with an abandoned college campus.
1440 Multiversity is located on a 75-acre site surrounded by California redwood forest. Instead of building a new development on open land, the Kriens decided to bring new life to the grounds of what was once Bethany University. Over the course of three years, the Kriens, SBC and Yates worked together to take the vision of Multiversity from dream to reality.
To make the site work for the new center’s needs, SBC had to make significant improvements to the existing campus and its surroundings. It was important that the old-growth redwoods and streams were preserved, as maintaining the health of natural environmental elements and native species was a key aspect to the project. Due to the age of the campus, and the land it sits on, SBC also had to update the infrastructure to support the daily use of the facilities.
The SBC team transformed the campus and buildings into a functional oasis, sourcing natural materials locally and internationally. This included the cedar planks for columns and trusses, redwood for a wooden pedestrian bridge, more than 1,400 tons of stone, and slate for the roofs. Copper gutters and downspouts were incorporated to give the buildings a refined finish and ensure longevity.
Based on the recommendation of the project’s interior designer, Yates decided to install cable railing for one of the interior dorms. He really liked the look of the railings and how they complemented the aesthetic of the architecture – a modified Craftsmen style inspired by the designs of 20th century architects Green & Green. At that point, Yates decided cable rail would work well on the exterior of the buildings also and ultimately specified them for the balconies of the site’s four story hotel-like building. The top rails were ipe, which harmonized with the redwoods and mirrored the site’s organic look and feel.
The commercial renovation and remodel successfully transformed the abandoned spot into a rejuvenating learning center that inspires individuals and communities through holistic activities and workshops taught by leading luminaries on health and well-being, such as Deepak Chopra, Joel Fuhrman, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Neale Donald Walsch, to name a few.
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