Academic Replacement Building

Status

Project Phase:
Planning & Design

Anticipated Completion:
To be determined

Details

Executive Design Professionals:
LMN Architects and TEF Design

Contractor:
To be determined

Project Location:
Campus Park (map)

Project Inquiries:
capitalstrategies@berkeley.edu
(510) 495-5786

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Academic Replacement Building - Online Open House - May 2022

The State of California has allocated capital funds to the UC Berkeley campus for a new academic building that will provide sufficient space to replace the general assignment classrooms in Evans Hall and allow for the relocation of some academic programs currently housed in that building. The provisional name for the project in this early planning phase is the Academic Replacement Building. As the project moves forward, a permanent name that celebrates the best of what Berkeley is and aspires to be will be selected in consultation with our campus community and supporters.

In summer 2021, a Building Steering Committee was convened to determine an efficient and appropriate space program for the Academic Replacement Building within the allocated budget. The committee is chaired by the Vice Provost for Academic Planning and includes faculty representation from academic units in Evans Hall that would relocate to the new building, the Registrar's office, campuswide academic leadership, and campus administration.

Now, with a foundational space program for the Academic Replacement Building, work is beginning on the next steps in the planning process:

  • The campus has engaged the professional firms LMN Architects and TEF Design for this project. Early design work is commencing and preliminary concepts for the building are anticipated in mid-2022.
  • Exploration of the future building site, the Dwinelle Parking Lot, will begin in late-2021. In the coming months, there will be some brief, temporary closures of the parking lot to collect soil samples from various depths. The samples will help the design team to better understand the site conditions.

Construction of the Academic Replacement Building is not anticipated to begin until fall semester 2023, at the earliest. As the planning work continues, there will be opportunities for campus feedback and questions. This page will also be updated as the planning process moves forward to share additional information about the project.

Academic Replacement Building - Project FAQ:

Q: What's the project timeline?
A: While we are very early in the planning process, construction is projected to begin fall semester 2023, at the earliest. Construction is projected to take about two years to complete.

Q: Why are classrooms and programs in Evans Hall being relocated?
A: Evans Hall is the largest and most active student-serving building on our campus in need of seismic improvement. The building houses approximately 12 percent of campus general assignment classrooms and several large academic departments. Analysis has shown replacement of Evans Hall is more cost-effective than a retrofit of the existing building. In addition to seismic improvements, the building has extensive deferred maintenance, inefficient and crowded classrooms, spaces that are not sized or configured to meet current program needs, and aged building systems that have exceeded intended lifespans.

Q: How will the campus community provide feedback about the project?
A: There will be an Academic Program Review Committee, which is a joint Administrative and Faculty Senate committee that will consider the Academic Replacement Building from the broader campus perspective. Additionally, as the planning process moves forward leading to conceptual designs in mid-2022, Capital Strategies will host an open house for the campus community to share project concepts, listen to feedback, and provide informational updates.

Q: Which academic programs in Evans Hall will be relocated?
A: The proposed ARB will be used to decant General Assignment Classrooms and College of Letters & Sciences advising functions that are currently housed in Evans Hall.

Q: Why and when was the Dwinelle Parking Lot selected as the building site?
A: The parking lot was identified as a location for a new academic building in UC Berkeley's 2021 Long Range Development Plan. The site is well-suited to this particular project's size, scope, and budget. In 2021, the Capital Planning Committee, which is chaired by the EVCP and includes faculty and administrative representatives, endorsed this site for this project, and the Chancellor concurred with their recommendation.

Q: Where will people who park in this lot be redirected?
A: Parking & Transportation will work on a parking plan to relocate affected permit holders to alternative nearby parking locations. The parking lot will remain open until construction begins in approximately two years.

Q: What will be done to minimize the impact of construction on adjacent buildings?
A: In the two years before construction begins, the project team will work with the building managers in facilities adjacent to the project site to create a mitigation plan that minimizes disruptions during construction to the extent possible. Additional details will be shared as the plan develops.

Q: How big is the new building?
A: The Academic Replacement Building will include approximately 78,000 gross square feet of space (that's similar to the recently completed Chou Hall) and occupy the full footprint of the existing parking lot. The building height is expected to be 5-6 stories, with some portions of the building shorter in order to preserve solar exposure and create new public open spaces for the occupants of the new building and surrounding buildings. Preliminary concepts designs are anticipated in mid-2022 and would be reviewed by both the campus Design Review Committee and the Capital Planning Committee.