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Cranes at Units 1 & 2 Spindly construction cranes tower over the existing residence halls at Units 1 and 2 as crews work to add four new dorms at the site. (Steve McConnell photo)

Back to School: Building and rebuilding

Construction continues to add more student housing on campus. Four new residence halls containing suites to house 890 students are being built at Units 1 and 2 on College Avenue between Durant Street and Dwight Way. These halls, combined with the year-old College Durant Apartments and another housing project, the Channing Bowditch Apartments, scheduled for completion next fall, will add more than 1,200 rooms to the southside area.

This fall, the campus has completed seismic retrofitting of the last central campus classroom building rated seismically "very poor"– Wurster Hall. The last occupied central campus building with a very poor rating – the Archaeological Research Facility – also has been seismically upgraded in time for the new semester.

Seismic work now continues on buildings with a "poor" rating, including a portion of LeConte Hall, home of the physics department, and Hertz Hall, the music department’s performance space. According to UC Berkeley Capital Projects, 60 percent of the square footage identified by the campus in 1997 as needing seismic retrofitting has been either strengthened or is currently under design or construction.