University of California at Berkeley

A Construction Update

Projects Under Way as Fall Semester Begins Include Several Seismic Upgrades, Road Work and the Completion of Tan Hall

With the new semester comes new changes to the campus's evolving landscape. One of the most anticipated is the College of Chemistry's Tan Hall, now completed.

Meanwhile, just underway is the addition of new offices and computer facilities at Dwinelle Hall. Several seismic safety projects have also been slated for 1996-97 as well as much-anticipated improvements to Centennial Drive and Edwards Track stadium.

For more information call the Planning, Design and Construction recorded project information line at 642-1308, or access the web site:

Construction projects include:

o Tan Kah Kee Hall -- This is the first new space for the College of Chemistry since the mid-60s, and is the first ever designed to specifically meet the needs of chemical engineering. The seven-story hall in the northeast corner of the campus, named after a Chinese industrialist and philanthropist who contributed the lead gift for the building, will increase the college's total space by about 58,000 square feet. It houses laboratories, a large lecture hall, a computer facility, meeting rooms and offices. Primarily used for graduate teaching and research, classes are scheduled to move in beginning early September.

o Dwinelle Hall -- Housing many of the humanities, languages and social sciences departments on campus, Dwinelle Hall will be expanded to add nearly 29,000 square feet of space. The plans include two floors of additional offices in the north wing and a conversion of the south wing attic into computing facilities. Construction has begun and completion is planned for late 1997.

o Centennial Drive -- Connecting the lower campus with such Strawberry Canyon facilities as the Botanical Garden, Lawrence Hall of Science and the Space Science Laboratory, Centennial Drive is being repaired along portions of its length. Work includes reconstructing sections of the road and improving drainage. Construction has begun and should be completed by the end of this fall.

o 2401 Bancroft -- Designed by architect A.C. Schweinfurth, this century-old brown shingle building at the corner of Bancroft and Dana streets is regarded as one of the most significant buildings of the early Craftsman architecture movement. Since the early 1960s, the registered historic landmark has been owned by the university and used as a practice studio and performance space for dance. The retrofitting project will stabilize the walls, roof and foundation of the building against earthquakes without altering its appearance. Work began in June and should be completed by January 1997.

o Doe Library -- The university's major plan to improve and expand the library continues with this project to seismically strengthen the old book stack area in the center and surrounding southern part of the building. The book stacks themselves will be removed, since all the books are now housed in the new underground north addition to the library. The project is scheduled to begin this fall, with completion expected in early fall 1997.

The second phase of the Doe Library project will improve the seismic safety of North Wing, including the historic Morrison Reading Room. The new construction will be concealed behind the historic facade and interior spaces of the building. This project should begin in summer 1997 and be completed in about one year.

o McCone Hall -- Constructed in 1961, McCone Hall houses earth sciences departments including geology, geophysics and geography as well as the campus seismographic station and classrooms. Shear walls will be added and a new addition at the main west entrance to the building will strengthen it against earthquake movement. In tandem with seismic work will be upgrades to meet current fire codes and handicapped accessibility requirements. Construction should begin in May 1997 and be completed by summer 1998.

o Graduate School of Public Policy -- This architecturally significant building at Hearst and LeRoy avenues was originally constructed in the 1890s for a campus fraternity. A project to seismically strengthen the wood frame building and construct a modest expansion is scheduled to begin in summer 1997 and be completed in mid-1998.

o Edwards Track -- Built in the early 1930s, Edwards Track stadium was one of the largest facilities in the country built for track and field sports. This project will rebuild the playing areas to provide a regulation track and a new home for men's and women's soccer. Lights will also be added for night events. The first construction phase is scheduled to begin in late spring 1997 and be completed late that year.

o Environmental, Health and Safety Facility -- Campus hazardous waste is currently collected and packaged for off-site disposal in an inadequate facility in Strawberry Canyon. This project will build a new structure to manage waste collection and temporary storage of both chemical waste and low-level radioactive materials. The new location will be the site of Callaghan Hall (the military ROTC programs will be relocated to Hearst Gym). The project design will integrate the new building into a planned series of open space improvements along Cross Campus Road. Construction will begin in late spring 1997, with completion scheduled for summer 1998.

o Memorial Glade -- The glade will become the largest open gathering space on campus and provide another link in a historic series of outdoor spaces running from the western edge of campus on Oxford Street to Hearst Mining Circle. Alumni who graduated during World War II are raising money to pay for improvements to the space, including additional trees and a memorial to be located near Moffitt Library. Landscape work should take place by early or mid-1977.

o Silver Laboratory Expansion -- Expansion of the Space Sciences Silver Laboratory, located on the rim of the hills above campus, will replace old and worn temporary trailers and construct a permanent new addition for office and research space. Construction began this year and should be finished by fall 1997.

o Walter A. Haas Pavilion -- This project, planned to be funded by gifts from private donors, will be the centerpiece of improvements to the campus athletics facilities. Plans are to seismically strengthen, expand and improve the old Harmon Gym. Spectator seating in the central basketball court area will increase from approximately 6,600 currently to about 12,000. Additional spectator areas will be added. New office and other program space will allow the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports to consolidate offices currently distributed throughout the campus. Construction is planned to begin mid-1977, with completion expected by the end of 1998.


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