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Cal Neighbors

Cal Neighbors: A Word from Chacellor Berdahl

About Cal Neighbors

Developing a Strategic Facilities Master Plan for UC

Working to Build a Safer Campus and Community

UC/Vista Partnership Expands Educational Opportunities

Examining Earthquake Costs to Area

Campus Research at Work

Working Together to Encourage and Support Berkeley Youth

Activist Sylvia McLaughlin Cares for Berkeley

Haas Program Helps Local Entrepreneurs Get on Track

State Bond Measure to Benefit Local Schools

Free (or Almost Free) Things To Do on Campus

UC/City Plan Southside Renewal

Campus Improvements for Pedestrians, Bicyclists




Developing a Strategic Facilities Master Plan for UC

New engineering studies of campus facilities were conducted last fall, applying information gained from the Loma Prieta, Northridge and Kobe earthquakes. The results were staggering: nearly 27 percent of campus buildings were rated poor or very poor when it came to life safety. These include 57 facilities, approaching 2,000,000 square feet, located on or near the central campus, as well as additional facilities in outlying areas. The cost of repair? More than $700 million.

The studies posed other challenges: How does the university ensure that its limited capital resources are invested wisely? How does the campus respect its architectural heritage while providing for future safety?

The "Strategic Facilities Master Plan" commencing this fall will guide campus response to these and other issues, including strategies for access and mobility, sustainability, stewardship of historic buildings and resources, developing constructive community input processes, and responding to the university's needs.

"This is a unique opportunity for us to look at how we use our facilities and our resources to strengthen the relationship between academic programming, space use, and facilities planning," says Tom Lollini, UC director of physical and environmental planning. "At the same time, we need to view the campus in relationship to the City of Berkeley and adjacent neighborhoods and involve the community in our planning process."

It has been 100 years since Phoebe Apperson Hearst commissioned an international competition that produced the first comprehensive architectural plan for the campus. The competition was won by Emile Bénard of France (and carried out by John Galen Howard), whose vision of an "Athens of the West" guided campus development for the first half of this century and produced some of the university's most distinguished architecture, landscapes, and open spaces.

Over the years the campus has grown and developed to meet the evolving needs of its academic environment. While major parts of the architectural and landscape legacy of the original plan remain intact, cuts in public funding have left many campus buildings in desperate need of repair and renewal.

Development of the master plan's scope and schedule and selection of a project consultant are underway. At the end of the year-long planning process, the university hopes to have a strategic master plan that recognizes the functional and aesthetic needs of both the campus and the surrounding community. .



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