FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

 

What is the scope of the project?

  What is the scope of the project?
 

The project includes the demolition and replacement of seismically poor Eshleman Hall, selective renovations to the Chavez Student Center, and Anthony Hall, and new two-story south and west additions to the MLK Jr. Student Union in addition to renovation of that facility. The project also includes accessibility improvements throughout Lower Sproul with new stairs and accessible ramps at the northeast and northwest corners of the plaza.  New landscape features will be incorporated into the plaza and a raingarden on the west side of the Chavez Student Center will capture and filter stormwater before it enters Strawberry Creek.

 
 

 

What is the project budget?

  What is the project budget?
 

The total project budget is $223 million, which includes construction, design, financing, escalation, and surge-related costs. (Surge is the temporary relocation of occupants during construction).  The budget also provides for the relocation of the Career Center to 2440 Bancroft Way and late-night use of Hearst Gym as practice space for student performance groups. It includes a reserve of funds to cover on-going operations and maintenance of the Student Center and security needs for late-night use of the center.

 
 

 

How is the project funded?

  How is the project funded?
 

The project is jointly funded by the BEARS INITIATIVE student fee referendum which students passed in the spring of 2010 and through a commitment of campus funding from the Chancellor. The student fee provides $124M and the Chancellor has committed up to $99M.  

 
 

 

What is the construction schedule?

  What is the construction schedule?
 

Renovations in Hearst Women’s Gym to prepare it as a temporary home for the student groups and the ASUC kicked off project work in early 2012.  Eshleman Hall and the  MLK Jr.. Student Union were closed in early 2013; work in the MLK Jr Student Union started in February 2013 and demolition of Eshleman Hall took place in summer  2013 . Anthony Hall renovations were completed in February 2013 and Alumnae Hall at Anna Head opened later that spring.  The newly landscaped area at the northwest corner of Lower Sproul, including a new stairway, ramp and the raingarden, opened in fall 2013. The stair between upper and Lower Sproul closed in December 2013 and will reopen in the fall of 2014.  The project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2015 when Eshleman Hall, the MLK Jr. Student Union and Lower Sproul will open.

 
 

 

Where are organizations and offices located during construction?

  Where are organizations and offices located during construction?
 

During construction, student organizations, the ASUC, LEAD Center and other student services have been relocated to temporary offices until Fall 2015. These temporary spaces can be found in Hearst Gymnasium,Hearst Field Annex and 102 Sproul Hall. You can find an accessible map to Sproul Hall, Hearst Gym, and Hearst Field Annex here

 
 

 

What programs will be housed in Lower Sproul?

  What programs will be housed in Lower Sproul?
 

Eshleman Hall will provide flexible workspace and meeting space for student government (ASUC and GA), student organizations, and The Public Service Center.  Other activity at Lower Sproul will include multi-purpose space for events and practice/performance; the Open Computing Center; Cal TV, ReUSE; and the ASUC Auxiliary and LEAD Center.  The Student Learning Center in Chavez Student Center will be expanded and will extend its hours to provide a much-needed late night study center. The MLK Jr.  Student Union will house a permanent Multicultural Community Center and a “Campus Living Room”, an informal place to get a bite to eat, meet others, or just hang out to “see and be seen”.  Existing meeting rooms in MLK Jr. Student Union, including Pauley Ballroom, are being renovated.

 
 

 

What commercial activities will be housed in Lower Sproul?

  What commercial activities will be housed in Lower Sproul?
 

Food service will be concentrated at the plaza level of the MLK Jr. Student Union with opening extending into late-night hours. Four restaurants will be managed by Chartwells, the contracted food vendor selected by the campus group of students and staff who are managing the project. Restaurants will be selected by student leaders with input from surveys done of the student body. The ASUC Student Store will return to the first floor of MLK Jr. Student Union. Coffee Shops will also be located in Eshleman and MLK Jr. Student Union.

 
 

 

Will there be public spaces?

  Will ther be public spaces?
 

A transit center that will provide information about public transit schedules and a comfortable indoor space to wait for buses will be housed in the lobby of Eshleman Hall. Lower Sproul Plaza will serve as a reservable public space. 

 
 

 

What are the sustainability goals for the project?

  What are the sustainability goals for the project?
 
Eshleman Hall is expected to achieve LEED Gold, while the MLK Jr. Student Union is expected to be certified LEED Silver.  Sustainable design strategies for the Lower Sproul Redevelopment project include high performance building exteriors designed to reduce energy use, reduce artificial lighting demand, and provide passive ventilation. Renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics and wind are being explored. Stormwater will be captured for reuse in toilet flushing.  The rain garden, located at the northwest edge of the plaza, captures storm water and filter and slow its release into the creek.  
 
 

 

Who should I contact for more information?

  Who should I contact for more information?
 

Construction Questions:

Christine Shaff
UC Berkeley Real Estate Division
510 643-4793
cshaff@berkeley.edu 

 

Future Lower Sproul Programs or Activities Questions:

Briana Mullen 
Lower Sproul Communications Coordinator
lsinfo@berkeley.edu 

 

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