At the Upper Hearst Parking Structure on the northeast edge of campus, the Goldman School of Public Policy – the #1 public policy school in the nation – is moving forward with an innovative approach for a project that will create vital new academic and study spaces for its programs, maintain as much parking as possible, and incorporate much needed faculty, staff, postdoc and/or graduate student housing, through a public/private partnership.
Community input is a critical component of UC Berkeley’s process for developing new projects. On March 20, 2018, we hosted a community open house to learn about the proposed project. Following a short presentation of possible design renderings, attendees engaged in an open conversation with campus representatives and project architects and discussed three topic areas: parking, the academic building, and the housing component.
While not required, it is UC Berkeley’s practice to take the necessary time to share proposed university projects located off campus with appropriate city commissions. Following the March 2018 public open house, on June 21, the City of Berkeley Design Review Committee discussed the project, and on July 5, the City of Berkeley Landmarks Preservation Committee discussed the project.
As of March 2019, the proposal to for the Goldman School’s project is in development and has been presented to the UC Regents for discussion. UC Berkeley anticipates that it will be presented again for approval in mid-2019.