An inventive project is moving forward at Woo Hon Fai Hall – the creation of a full-service life science incubator known as the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub. The life sciences are one of California’s strongest economic engines, and enhancing UC Berkeley’s standing in the biotech and life sciences arenas is critical to the future of the university. A donor-developed project, the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub will have private labs for enterprises desiring more dedicated space, wet and dry open lab benches for faculty and student start-up researchers, and a single-story, glass-enclosed addition will add 6,600 square feet of highly-desired office space to support the research function.
The Bakar BioEnginuity Hub project will also thoughtfully preserve Woo Hon Fai Hall, a National Register building and City of Berkeley designated landmark. Formerly home to the University Art Museum, the 47 year-old structure is rated as seismically poor. Renovations will comply with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, improve connectivity to the campus park, and give new life to a seismically-deficient structure as a state-of-the-art life sciences facility.