The Lower Sproul Redevelopment project is designed to revitalize the area around Lower Sproul to create a true heart of student life on campus, a central meeting place where students can congregate, socialize, study, work, discuss, and debate. The program includes a number of different projects as well as improvements to the plaza:

  • Lower Sproul Plaza will have new planters and trees along with more seating will help make the space more inviting. A rain garden at the west end of the plaza is designed to capture storm runoff.
  • Eshleman Hall is being replaced with a new building that will be connected to the MLK Jr. Student Union with an openair bridge.
  • The MLK Jr. Student Union is being upgraded and new space si being added to the building on the sides facing Lower Sproul plaza and Bancroft Way. The existing meeting rooms on the upper floors of the building and Pauley Ballroom are being renovated as part of the project.
  • Upgrades to the Cesar Chavez Student Center include new flooring and paint in classrooms and common spaces as well as remodeled restrooms and improvements to the building’s mechanical systems.
  • Anthony Hall, home to the Graduate Assembly, has been renovated.
  • The Career Center has moved closer to the center of campus and is now housed at 2240 Bancroft directly across the street from Lower Sproul.
  • Hearst Women’s Gymnasium and the Hearst Field Annex are housing displaced student organizationsand the ASUC during construction.
  • Alumnae Hall on Haste Street, part of the University’s Anna Head complex adjacent to the MartinezCommons student housing, is serving as the Senate Chambers for the ASUC Senate, as well as activityspace managed by ASUC Event Services following a seismic upgrade and renovation.





Budget & Financing

The total Lower Sproul Redevelopment project budget is $223 million, which includes construction, design, financing, and surge (temporary relocation) costs. The budget also provided 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 new Student Center and security needs for late-night use of the center.

The project is jointly funded by the BEARS INITIATIVE student fee referendum which students passed in the spring of 2010  and a commitment of campus funding from the Chancellor.   In November, 2011 the Regents of the University of California Berkeley passed the budget for the Lower Sproul Project.

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Committees & Student Leaders

Working Group

The project-related Working Group advises the Program Committee on the Lower Sproul Redevelopment Project. In order to properly serve student interests throughout the entire Lower Sproul Project, Working Group membership consists of majority of both undergraduate and graduate students appointed by the ASUC and GA. Working group meets monthly for the duration of the project development and construction.


Student Representatives


Working Group Meeting Agendas


Program Committee

The Program Committee is an integral part of the planning and design process for the Lower Sproul Redevelopment Project. The Program Committee advises UC Berkeley’s Capital Projects and works with an executive architect along with other relevant campus staff and consultants. The Program Committee meets as necessary for the duration of the project development and construction.



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