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Campus projects in progress, scheduled to start soon, or recently completed

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Renewing the Foundations of Excellence

Campus projects in construction phase or scheduled to start soon

(1) Archaeology Facility (2251 College) Seismic Safety Corrections. Historic former fraternity, now used by the Department of Archeology, will be retrofitted and brought up to current code. Construction scheduled to begin in spring '02

(2) Barker Hall Seismic Safety Corrections. Home to Molecular and Cell Biology, Barker Hall has been emptied of its occupants for the duration of this project. The building will be strengthened by the end of fall '01. Improvements to labs and offices are included, as is deferred maintenance on the duct system. Construction scheduled to begin fall '00.

(3) Barrows Hall Seismic Safety Corrections. Barrows Hall is a seven-plus story building with offices for a variety of units, mainly those in the social sciences. The upgrade involves adding reinforced concrete walls and foundations wrapping each end of the building. These new walls will be anchored to the existing structure and tied to one another with collector beams along the north and south faces. Upgrades to fire alarm and sprinkler systems and building accessibility improvements are also part of the project. Construction underway; began summer '00.

(4) Center for the Study of Plant Conservation. Remodel of building on Centennial Way for the Center for the Study of Plant Conservation. The building will house labs for researchers and graduate students. Construction started in late summer '00.

(5) Central Dining Facility. New dining facility to serve students living in Units I and II. The facility will modernize, centralize and increase the efficiency of campus dining services. Construction scheduled to begin in spring '01.

(6) College-Durant Student Housing New housing, located close to campus, will consist of apartments with suites from two to six bedrooms. Each will have its own kitchen and common room. Student residents will have connections to the campus network. The building will include common areas for studying and socializing. Construction scheduled to begin spring '01.

(7) Evans Hall Exterior. The second phase of a project to repair the exterior of Evans Hall is under way. After repair work to the concrete last fall, the building is being sealed and painted. Construction began summer '00.

(8) Goldman School of Public Policy addition. A picturesque addition to the Goldman School of Public Policy that will be built to the west of the current structure, seismically retrofitted two years ago. The new building will add faculty offices, classrooms and lecture space in a warm, intimate facility. Construction scheduled to begin in fall '00.

(9) Haas Pavilion Landscape. The east and north sides of the Walter J. Haas Jr. Pavilion will be transformed into SPIEKER PLAZA, a dramatic new pedestrian plaza entry to the campus. The landscape improvements will feature new lighting, a grid of trees, the terminus of the cross-campus bicycle path and site furnishings. Replacement parking on the north side of the building is included in this project. Construction began July '00.

(10) Hearst Memorial Mining Building. The seismic retrofit and renovation of one of the campus's most important historic treasures. This project addresses the combined challenges of seismic upgrade, historic preservation and modern educational requirements. The retrofit uses state-of-the-art base isolation technology. The interior of this 1907 building is being restored to look much like it did when it first opened to mining and mineral engineering students. Construction began in fall 1998.

(11) Hildebrand Hall Seismic Safety Corrections. Seismic upgrade to a building that contains labs and classrooms of the College of Chemistry. Hildebrand houses scientists in chemistry and chemical engineering whose work has changed the world. Construction scheduled to begin September '00.

(12) Latimer Hall Seismic Safety Corrections. Seismic upgrade to a second building in the College of Chemistry. Nobel Laureates past and future have worked and taught in Latimer Hall; the seismic safety improvements will ensure they can continue. Construction scheduled to begin September '00.

(13) Lawrence Hall of Science "Forces that Shape the Bay" Exhibit. An outdoor exhibit that will show the geologic, climatic, human and marine forces which have created the San Francisco Bay Area. This exhibition will capitalize on the unique location on a ridge, on the edge of a tectonic plate and overlooking the Bay and the Pacific Ocean, to engage visitors in exploring how the land was and is continuing to be formed. The spectacular view from the south terrace will not only enhance the exhibit but will serve as an exhibit itself, as visitors are encouraged to examine the landscape below them and observe the forces of nature at work that created it. The project will be done in phases. Phase I will focus on "nature's big sculpting tools and materials" and a 40-foot square walk-on raised-relief map, representing 640 square miles of the bay region from the delta to the Pacific Ocean. Construction scheduled to begin spring '01.

(14) Seismic Replacement Building 1. New building with offices and classrooms that will serve the campus's need for temporary space in which to house staff, faculty and students displaced by seismic upgrade construction work. Construction scheduled to begin in summer '01.

(15) Silver Lab Seismic Safety Corrections. Seismic upgrade of a lab building located in the hills above campus. The Samuel L. Silver Space Sciences Lab houses a multidisciplinary organization that integrates work in the space sciences and stimulates new faculty-student programs of research. Much of the research conducted in Silver Lab is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Construction began in July '00.

(16) West Campus Entry, Class of '53 Gift. New sign at west entrance to campus from Center Street that will consist of two stone pilasters and low wall with bronze grillwork. "University of California" will be centered in the grillwork. Project also includes a path near Strawberry Creek w/ woodland planning and sitting rocks. Dedication scheduled for Homecoming Weekend October 14 '00.

(17) Wurster Hall Seismic Safety Corrections. Seismic upgrade of the home of the College of Environmental Design. The college is one of the largest in its field nationally and among the most distinguished internationally. Construction began in spring '00.

(18) LeConte Hall Seismic Safety Corrections. Seismic upgrade that is part of the SAFER program. Work to occur in the next five years. In planning stages.

(19) Memorial Stadium Seismic Safety Corrections. Seismic upgrade is part of the SAFER program. Work to occur in the next five years. In planning stages.

  • Infrastructure: Communication, Steam, Water, Sewer. An extensive construction project to restore and upgrade the campus utility infrastructure, including communications, steam, water and sewer systems. The project will install a fiber optic cable "backbone" for voice, data and video communication that will provide additional speed and capability, more reliability and the capacity for expansion. Aging pipes will be replaced and steam vaults and tunnels repaired, making the steam system more reliable. Some water mains will be increased in size, some will be replaced, and others will be inter-connected to provide better water distribution. Twenty new fire hydrants will also be installed. Construction underway, began spring 1999.
  • University Village Albany, Step 1. (not shown on map). New housing for student families. Step 1 of the project involved replacing WW II-era housing with modern units. Each apartment has connections to the university network, and the houses are centered on courtyards with places for children to play. Construction is scheduled to be completed in late '00.

Recently Completed Capital Projects

(20) Edwards Stadium Renovation. The new Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium was completed last fall with a world-class track in gold with blue stripes. The new track meets international standards, ushering in a new competitive era for track and field. For soccer fans, the Goldman Field in the center of the track makes yet another major capital contribution to athletics. The expanded track and the soccer field are equipped with a special drainage system that restores the field quickly after a storm by draining water through layers of sand and gravel below the turf.

(21) Dwinelle Hall Expansion and Film Studies Studio. A third floor was added to roughly half of Dwinelle Hall. And a theater for the campus Program in Film Studies was added. Students and faculty can view work on video, DVD or other film in an intimate theater with the latest in surround-sound technology.

(22) Free Speech Movement Café and Resource Center. Built as part of a gift from Steve Silberstein to the library in honor of the Free Speech Movement and Mario Savio, the café, located in Moffitt Undergraduate Library, is a welcoming addition to the library and an inviting place to linger inside or out on a patio overlooking the Valley Life Science Building and Strawberry Creek. In addition to serving beverages, salads and sandwiches, the café includes permanent and rotating exhibits around the theme of free speech.

  • Hill Area Substation (not shown on map). The new Hill Area Substation provides campus with its own on-campus electrical station. This project fulfills part of the campus's long-range plans to increase capacity and ensure reliability of electricity to the campus. The project also includes provisions for the seismic stability of electric cables where they cross the fault line. The campus power load was permanently transferred to the new substation on July 31, and the old Grizzly Peak Substation has been de-energized.

(23) Haas Pavilion. Haas Pavilion has transformed Harmon Arena into a larger showcase for the Cal basketball, volleyball and gymnastics teams. Built in honor of Walter A. Haas Jr., the pavilion has seating for an additional 6,000 fans but still keeps them close to the court in the spirit of Harmon. In addition to the arena, the pavilion includes a refurbished home for the Physical Education Program, including classrooms and labs; a club room for spectators and special events; offices for coaches and athletic staff; and a sports medicine and weight training facility.

(24) McCone Hall Renovation and Seismic Upgrade. McCone Hall houses the Northern California Earthquake Data Center and the equipment that measures seismic activity worldwide. The retrofitting and renovation project upgraded fire and safety systems and added an exterior tower that braces the building. The tower houses a new entry foyer, darkrooms, labs, sun-filled stairwells, and three new glass-enclosed seminar rooms that overlook the San Francisco Bay area . The project also consolidated the collections of the Earth Sciences and the Map Libraries in a new ground-floor library, installed new data connections throughout the building, and refurbished laboratories like the one that supports Berkeley's cartography program. This project also created a conference room where seismologists can meet the press, and it brought emergency power and special environmental protections to computers in the Seismology Lab.

(25) Gilman Hall/Kenneth S. Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry. An addition to the College of Chemistry necessitated by seismic upgrade work and made possible by a gift from the Pitzer Family Foundation. The center provides newly renovated space for faculty and students who had to move from Hildebrand Hall so that seismic upgrade of that facility can take place. The center provides an integrated research environment for students that will foster interactions and collaborations across groups within theoretical chemistry.

(26) Zellerbach Hall Exterior. Zellerbach Hall, home of Cal Performances, had its exterior fully waterproofed and readied for continued service to the arts community.

(27) Doe Library. Doe, located in the center of campus, is the oldest library in the UC system. Three phases of a four-phase seismic retrofit have been completed. Phase 1 included moving the stacks to a new underground location. Phase 2 made safety improvements to the main building, strengthening its core. Phase 3, completed in 1999, was a retrofit of the historic reading room on the north side of Doe.

(28) University House. The Chancellor's residence was extensively retrofitted and redecorated.

(29) 2401 Bancroft/Dance Facility. Built as a church in 1898, the small, shingled building on Bancroft now serves as studio space for the Dance Department. Seismic retrofit and renovations have made it a beautiful, safe studio for dancers and performers.

(30) Hearst Field Annex. This is a temporary home for the College of Environmental Design students, faculty and staff during the retrofit of Wurster Hall. Also a temporary site for the Pacific Film Archive theater.

(31) Environment, Health and Safety building. A new facility constructed to process campus hazardous waste materials. Built to withstand a major earthquake with hazardous materials intact.

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Source: Berkeleyan Special Issue, Fall 2000