The Berkeley community has a brand-new, 3,000-square-foot outdoor space — funded jointly by the city of Berkeley and UC Berkeley — where unhoused people can go during the day to use the bathroom, grab a bite to eat, play board games, listen to music, and relax under the shade of trees and patio umbrellas.
June 28, 2022
June 2, 2022
A major Hollywood studio sent UC Berkeley back to the 1940s at the end of May for a motion picture that was filmed on campus.
The set, which included old cars and costumes, was constructed over two days in an area near Sather Tower, Wheeler Hall and Physics North, a 1924 building designed by John Galen Howard and known as LeConte Hall until 2020.
May 6, 2022
UC Berkeley’s campus community this week celebrated the grand opening of the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub (BBH), the campus’s bold new home for research and innovation.
April 18, 2022
Powered by a $30 million challenge match grant from an anonymous alum, UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering has raised more than $74 million in gifts to transform the engineering student center into a vibrant hub of learning and discovery, cross-disciplinary collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.
March 30, 2022
Early this past Monday morning, a small team of University of California, Berkeley, engineers gathered around a two-story-tall drilling rig parked at an out-of-the-way spot on the north side of campus. As the overnight rain turned to drizzle, the team watched as a drilling crew used a massive 8-inch-wide drill bit to start punching a new borehole in the soil.
The following CalMessage was sent on March 30, 2022, to the Chancellor's Cabinet, the Council of Deans, department chairs, Chief Administrative Officers, and all Administration Division staff. Recipients were encouraged to cascade this message as appropriate within their organization.
March 15, 2022
February 23, 2022
FACT SHEET: UC Berkeley’s community efforts
Note: This list is not comprehensive
February 17, 2022
The University of California is offering a series of free training and outreach programs specifically designed to increase the involvement of Small Business Enterprises in UC Design, Professional, and Construction Capital and Facilities projects.
February 1, 2022
Construction has begun on a 772-bed, apartment-style housing project for UC Berkeley transfer students that is being designed, built and funded by the Helen Diller Foundation.
The 500,000 square-foot building, named Helen Diller Anchor House, will be gifted to Berkeley upon its completion and is anticipated to be open in time for the 2024-2025 academic year. Rent for each housing unit will be below market rate, and the building will require no public funds to construct or operate.
January 7, 2022
Things will be a bit different at the UC Berkeley Library in the spring semester, owing to the temporary closure of Moffitt Library and extended hours at several of Berkeley’s other libraries.
From January through August 2022, Moffitt, the popular undergraduate library at the heart of campus, will be closed for seismic upgrades. Part of a campuswide initiative, the updates will ensure an even greater level of safety in the building. Moffitt is expected to reopen for the fall 2022 semester.
December 9, 2021
There's no better argument for the value of historic preservation than this: It keeps revealing fresh ways that buildings of merit can be reborn.
A San Francisco music club inhabits an ex-mortuary on Valencia Street. Five blocks to the north there's a private school in a former Levi's factory. On the Embarcadero, the Exploratorium moved its interactive science museum into a shed-like pier where steamships once docked.
December 8, 2021
The wait for UC Berkeley's bold new home for research and innovation is nearly over.
After two years of construction, the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub (BBH) is scheduled to open in February 2022. The world-class facility pairs the Bakar Labs incubator with fellowships and programming for Berkeley students and researchers, equipping current and aspiring entrepreneurs in the STEM world with labs, offices, equipment and shared community spaces that aim to encourage collaboration.
And all of this is just steps away from campus.
November 22, 2021
Important: Winter Curtailment 2021-2022
Accounting will be closed for winter curtailment starting December 23, 2021, and will return on January 3, 2022.
October 15, 2021
Imagine the Gateway: Creating data-driven solutions to our world’s greatest problems
In this video, hear from students, faculty, and campus leadership about the importance of The Gateway, opening in 2025 to house Computing, Data Science, and Society. The Gateway will bring together ingenious minds from Berkeley’s disparate disciplines to utilize the latest in data science and AI for the sake of the public good — whether it be in the fields of biomedicine and human health, climate and sustainability, or human welfare and social justice.
October 8, 2021
Michael Drake, the new president of the 10-campus University of California system, visited UC Berkeley Thursday to meet with a mix of administrators, staff, students and faculty.
The visit, which lasted most of a brisk, but bright, autumn day, was a chance for Drake to hear from Berkeleyans and to share his vision for the UC system.
October 4, 2021
Chancellor Carol Christ and Catherine Koshland, interim executive vice chancellor and provost, sent the following message to the campus community:
Today campus has announced that Renee Y. Chow, celebrated architect, professor and chair of the Department of Architecture has accepted their offer to become the College of Environmental Design’s next Dean, beginning on November 9, 2021.
September 30, 2021
Chancellor Carol Christ sent the following message to the campus community:
September 8, 2021
For the first time, UC Berkeley has taken the No.1 spot on Forbes magazine’s annual list of America’s top colleges, beating out several elite private universities, including Yale in second place and Princeton in third.
Rounding out Forbes’ top 10 for 2021 are Stanford in fourth place, followed by Columbia, MIT, Harvard, UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University.
August 25, 2021
Chancellor Carol Christ sent the following message to the campus community on Wednesday:
As we begin this fall semester with high hopes for our return to in-person learning, extracurricular activities and all that makes this campus an amazing, vibrant place, we are also aware of the continued uncertainties and concerns born of the pandemic’s ever-changing contours and impacts.
July 14, 2021
After more than two years of negotiations and extensive community input, the city of Berkeley late Tuesday agreed to a $82 million deal with UC Berkeley that will govern the growth of the campus and set the stage for a new town-gown relationship.
The agreement will enable “a world-class education in a world-class city,” Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said in a statement.
At issue was UC Berkeley’s long range plans for new housing, student enrollment growth and other construction and development.
June 7, 2021
The University of California, Berkeley, today (Monday, June 7) announced three gifts of $25 million each that will reinforce Berkeley’s position as a leader in computing and data science research and education, and help create a visionary new home for the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS).
Notably, two of the gifts are from current Berkeley faculty: professors Scott Shenker and Ion Stoica of the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, and the College of Engineering.
May 11, 2021
In the face of daunting global challenges, such as climate change and a catastrophic pandemic, it is evident that the world urgently needs science-based solutions to tackle society’s greatest problems.
April 26, 2021
The Gateway fulfills the promise of what a place of possibility can be. Here, Berkeley will convene and connect brilliant faculty and students from our core disciplines of computing and data science with others across campus. With a shared purpose to improve human health, social justice, and environmental sustainability, the Gateway community will catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration to solve the most pressing problems of our time.
March 1, 2021
Next week will mark the year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic and UC Berkeley switching to in-person instruction. Whether you're in on-campus housing this semester, living elsewhere in the Bay Area, still in your hometown or on distant shores, the Bear Territory we used to know still feels like a much-used adjective these days — remote. So, with second semester well underway, here's a peek at your campus, where we hope you'll be glad to see that signs of perseverance, resilience and newness are as prevalent at the coming of spring.
February 23, 2021
Vice Chancellor for Administration Marc Fisher and Campus Architect Wendy Hillis sent the following message to the campus community on Tuesday:
February 22, 2021
Chancellor Carol Christ sent the following message to all UC Berkeley students on Monday:
Four years ago, a campus task force documented the extent of our student housing crisis, and set the stage for an urgent initiative to address it. UC Berkeley houses fewer undergraduate and graduate students than any of the other UC campuses. Due to the high cost and low supply of housing close to campus, we estimate that 40% of our students are not able to live in Berkeley, undermining your ability to thrive, succeed and fully partake in all that the university has to offer.
February 19, 2021
Progress reports and financial results for FY20 for the Administration Division and departments.
January 19, 2021
UC Berkeley will temporarily close three areas of People’s Park for soil analysis from January 19 through February 16, 2021. Public safety is our primary concern. Affected areas of the park will be temporarily closed to safely obtain soil samples, which involves drilling/boring into the ground by engineers.
Once samples are collected, temporarily closed areas of the park will reopen.
When an area temporarily closes, it will be cleared and fenced. To ensure public safety, there will be no day or overnight use in temporarily fenced areas.
December 16, 2020
As part of UC Berkeley's annual winter curtailment program, Capital Strategies' offices will be closed from December 23, 2020, through January 4, 2021.
December 1, 2020
At UC Berkeley, two documents guide the planning and future development of the campus. A multi-year effort is underway to update these plans: the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and the Campus Master Plan.
You are invited to participate in our second online open house as part of this effort. This open house focuses on the Campus Master Plan.
November 3, 2020
September 3, 2020
The Student Advisory Council on Undergraduate Education (SACUE) shapes the student experience at UC Berkeley by providing critical feedback to campus leaders on undergraduate initiatives and programs. Convened by Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Catherine Koshland, SACUE is composed of undergraduate students and meets throughout the academic year to engage with campus decision-makers on issues that affect all undergraduates.
August 28, 2020
You’re miles from UC Berkeley, maybe even overseas, working remotely and wondering if central campus has become a COVID-19 ghost town with cobwebbed windows, withering brown lawns, locked doors and barely a human, or even a peregrine falcon, in sight. Is anybody there?
If you were here, you’d see nearly empty outdoor expanses and darkened classrooms and offices. And because of all-remote instruction, most of the 45,000-plus students expected to enroll aren’t around; only about 2,200 are in on-campus housing.
August 14, 2020
August 4, 2020
A scoping session helps notify the public that a lead agency (in this case, UC Berkeley) is evaluating a project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and to solicit public comment regarding the type and extent of environmental analyses to be undertaken.
May 28, 2020
This message was sent to all UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff on May 28, 2020.
Dear campus community,
May 6, 2020
The UC Berkeley campus is proactively engaging in planning around the COVID-19 outbreak in collaboration with our public health partners and the UC Office of the President. The campus is operating in accordance with all public health directives and applicable orders regarding the public health emergency.
April 17, 2020
Reimagine People's Park with us: Join us for the third of three open houses that are open to all members of the campus and the community. In light of restrictions on public gatherings throughout the State of California, the third public open house for the People’s Park Housing project is being offered online, rather than in-person.
April 7, 2020
A scoping session helps notify the public that a lead agency (in this case, UC Berkeley) is evaluating a project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and to solicit public comment regarding the type and extent of environmental analyses to be undertaken. As a result of the expanding outbreak of COVID-19 and restrictions placed on in-person gatherings throughout the State of California, on April 27, UC Berkeley will host an online public scoping session, rather than an in-person event.
March 1, 2020
UC Berkeley’s Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) will soon have a brick-and-mortar home, thanks to an anonymous $252 million gift to seed the construction of a new “Data Hub” on the open space at the intersection of Hearst Avenue, Arch Street and MacFarlane Lane.
February 29, 2020
Berkeley’s fourth comprehensive capital campaign, Light the Way: The Campaign for Berkeley, is one of the largest launched by any U.S. university, public or private. (UC Berkeley photo by Keegan Houser)
January 1, 2020
Video highlights of the top UC Berkeley stories from 2019 in under 3 minutes. To read more about each story, read the video’s description on YouTube
December 19, 2019
UC Berkeley is moving forward as quickly as possible on a complex, ambitious building program that will help to address earthquake safety and shortages of affordable housing, classrooms and up-to-date laboratory space, UC Chancellor Carol Christ said yesterday.
In a year-end Campus Conversation, Christ cited the building program and the urgent requirements of campus diversity and inclusiveness as top priorities, both of which support the campus’s global leadership in education, research and public service.
October 16, 2019
UC Berkeley alumnus Terry Rosen, the CEO of Arcus Biosciences, and his wife, Tori, have donated $25 million to the College of Chemistry for a building to be named in honor of Terry Rosen’s beloved mentor and former chemistry dean, Clayton Heathcock.
Rosen, who obtained his Ph.D. in 1985 while working in Heathcock’s lab, has fond memories of the four years he spent at UC Berkeley and decided that naming a building after Heathcock was a great way to say, ‘Thank you.’
September 14, 2019
University of California President Janet Napolitano issued the following statement today (September 14):
The University of California is pleased the recently approved Public Education Facilities Bond will be on the March 2020 ballot and deeply appreciates the $2 billion that the measure allocates to UC, which sets the stage for the biggest capital investment in the University since 2006.
August 28, 2019
Chancellor Carol Christ sent a message to the UC Berkeley community on Wednesday about an ongoing seismic assessment of the roughly 600 buildings owned or occupied by the university.
Berkeley is in the middle of conducting seismic evaluations of the more than 600 buildings on campus. These evaluations are part of a coordinated effort by the UC Office of the President to assess the seismic safety of all buildings across the 10-campus system using new standards.
To the Campus Community,
July 13, 2019
Chou Hall is the country’s greenest academic building. Photo: Dan Williams
July 1, 2019
Dear Campus Community,
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Wendy Hillis, AIA, as UC Berkeley’s next Assistant Vice Chancellor and Campus Architect. She joins Capital Strategies starting today, July 1, 2019, and will lead our Physical and Environmental Planning team.
May 30, 2019
Bisnow has honored UC Berkeley’s Vice Chancellor of Finance Rosemarie Rae with a Bay Area Power Women (link is external) award. This award celebrates Bay Area Power Women who have helped shape Bay Area cities, neighborhoods, businesses and lifestyles. Fellow honorees included Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Jackie Safier of Prometheus, among others.
April 18, 2019
NRLF, the giant storage complex in Richmond, is running out of space.
But not for much longer.
On Thursday, about 40 NRLF devotees — including architects and champions from UC Berkeley and across the University of California system — descended upon the facility to celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new addition to the sprawling complex.
April 10, 2019
Chancellor Carol Christ issued the following message today:
To the Berkeley Campus Community
Now that we have completed our first, new Strategic Plan in 16 years, the campus is ready to take the next, necessary step to turn its aspirations into physical reality by updating our Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and creating a new Campus Master Plan.
February 20, 2019
Back in 2005, UC Berkeley took a look into its future. The administration needed to renew its legally mandated Long-Range Development Plan (LRDP) and to forecast for the following 15 years its probable environmental footprint as a result of its operations, anticipated development and student population.
February 4, 2019
John Arvin named associate vice chancellor for Capital Strategies
By Public Affairs, UC Berkeley| FEBRUARY 4, 2019
Dear Campus Community,
January 14, 2019
Chou Hall at the Haas School of Business is officially the country’s greenest academic building, having earned TRUE Zero Waste certification at the highest possible level along with a LEED Platinum certification for its energy-efficient design and operation.
October 23, 2018
UC Berkeley will be looking a little lighter and brighter in the next few weeks after nearly 100 new energy-efficient LED lampposts are installed across campus.
The $2.1 million project comes as student and community groups make greater use of the central campus in the evening hours.
The locations of the of the posts were chosen following studies by technical engineers and investigative nighttime walks with students, staff and UC police experts.
October 15, 2018
With a snap of the traditional big scissors, Chancellor Carol Christ formally opened Berkeley Way West, UC Berkeley’s newest academic building.
The eight-story, 230,000-square-foot building houses classrooms, offices, open workstations and collaborative space designed to serve the 900 students, staff and faculty connected to the Graduate School of Education, the Department of Psychology and the School of Public Health.
September 18, 2018
It took only a few months this summer to give Wheeler Hall’s massive auditorium a complete makeover with new seats, carpets, better ventilation, accessibility aides and all kinds of other upgrades.
September 12, 2018
Campus leaders gathered this week to dedicate UC Berkeley’s newest residence hall to David Blackwell, the first black professor to receive tenure at Berkeley and a preeminent statistician who died in 2010. Blackwell Hall opened to more than 750 students in August and features study centers, a gym and plenty of ping-pong and pool tables.
August 21, 2018
As UC Berkeley’s bears roll back onto campus, they’ll notice some changes. From new construction projects to renovations and upkeep on some of Berkeley’s most iconic buildings, here’s a breakdown:
David Blackwell Hall
2401 Durant Ave. at Dana
August 20, 2018
UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ sent this message to the campus community on Monday:
Dear students, staff and faculty,
I want to begin this back-to-school message with a warm welcome for Berkeley’s new students, faculty, and members of our staff. So much awaits those of you for whom our university is new and unexplored territory. I wish each of you nothing but the very best on the road ahead. I hope you will come to cherish your membership in this extraordinary community, just as I have.
July 31, 2018
David Blackwell Hall, the first new residence hall to open at UC Berkeley since 2012, is a living space for more than 700 students full of patios, study rooms, bike racks, ping-pong tables, exercise machines and — if you’re lucky enough to live on the west side of the building — million-dollar views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline.
February 8, 2018
UC Berkeley’s newest residence hall will be named after David Blackwell, the first black professor to ever receive tenure at UC Berkeley and a preeminent statistician, Chancellor Carol Christ announced on Thursday.
January 29, 2018
Commuting to UC Berkeley just improved for many of the 80 percent of students, faculty and staff who arrive every day by bicycle, transit and on foot.
On the two busy streets that flank the campus’s north and south sides — Hearst Avenue and Bancroft Way, streets with historically high collision rates — new dedicated bike lanes, safer bus loading zones, a new sidewalk and other features have just been completed. Together, they are intended to improve commuter access, sustainability and safety.
November 8, 2017
Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized UC Berkeley with a Gold Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award, joining more than 180 visionary colleges and universities from across the country. With this announcement, the campus has improved its ranking since 2013 when it was awarded a "Silver" award.