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BUDGET

 

The total project Lower Sproul Revitalization budget is $223 million, which includes construction, soft costs, financing costs, 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. The budget 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.

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.

In November, 2011 the Regents of the University of California Berkeley passed the budget for the Lower Sproul Project. 

 

APPROVAL OF THE BUDGET, APPROVAL OF EXTERNAL FINANCING, CERTIFICATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT, AND APPROVAL OF DESIGN, LOWER
SPROUL PROJECTS, BERKELEY CAMPUS.

 

COMMITTEES

 

Fee Committee
The Fee Committee is a student-run board advisory to the Chancellor, with members appointed by the ASUC, the GA, and the Chancellor. The fee committee meets four times a year and has the responsibility of reviewing information on the amount and uses of the Lower Sproul Project fee revenue and recommend any changes to future year fee levels or uses.

Program Committee
The Program Committee is an integral part of the planning and design process for the Lower Sproul Project. The Program Committee advises UC Berkeley’s Capital Projects division and works with an executive architect appointed to the Lower Sproul Project along with other relevant campus staff and consultants.

Working Group
The Project Related Working Group advises the Program Committee on the Lower Sproul 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.

Lower Sproul Stakeholder Committee
The Student Council meetings are run by the Lower Sproul Communications Coordinator to update student stakeholders and signatories on Lower Sproul developments and maintain proper communication with all relevant student organizations regarding their interests in the Lower Sproul Project. Meetings will be held periodically when relevant information needs to be shared to the community. 

 

MEETING AGENDAS

  • 11/18/11 Meeting
  • 12/2/11 Meeting
     

LOWER SPROUL REDEVELOPMENT

 

The Lower Sproul Redevelopment program is designed to revitalize the area around Lower Sproul. The redesigned complex is envisioned as the 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 will be completely replaced by a lower but bigger building.

  • The MLK Jr. Student Union will be upgraded and new space will be added to the building on the sides facing Lower Sproul and Bancroft Way. Eshleman
    and the MLK Jr Student Union will be joined by a walkway at the second story.

  • Upgrades to the Cesar Chavez Student Center include new flooring and paint in classrooms and common spaces as well as remodeled restrooms.

  • Anthony Hall, also known as the Pelican Building and home to the Graduate Assembly, is being seismically strengthened and renovated.

  • The Career Center has moved closer to the center of campus and is now housed at 2240 Bancroft across the street from Eshleman.

  • Alumnae Hall on Haste Street, adjacent to the new Anna Head student housing, is getting a seismic upgrade and renovation and then will house some of
    the organizations and offices that need to move out of Eshleman during reconstruction. Once the new Lower Sproul is done, the plan is for students to
    use the facility for practice and performance space.

 

Program work is scheduled to be complete in fall 2015.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

 

Weekly construction updates will be posted with information about what the campus community can expect to see and hear during work hours.

Please click here for this week's update: http://www.cp.berkeley.edu/CP/Projects/LowerSproul/ProjectInfo/Update.pdf

 

Any questions about Lower Sproul Redevelopment program construction can be directed to lsinfo@berkeley.edu or 510 643-4793.

Anyone with questions or concerns about air quality or other environmental impacts of construction can contact UC Berkeley’s office
of Environment, Health & Safety at 510 642-0359.

 

 

PROGRAM MILESTONES

 

  • January 2013: Eshleman Hall closes
  • February 15, 2013:  ASUC bookstore closes in the MLK Jr. Student Union and moves to its temporary location at 2470 Bancroft
  • March 1, 3013: Construction in the interior of Anthony Hall is complete.  Landscaping project work begins.
  • March 4, 2013: MLK Garage closes, as does the pathway between Eshleman and Zellerbach to Lower Sproul.
  • March 2013: Bathroom renovations in Cesar Chavez complete.
  • May 28, 2013:  Demolition of the exterior of Eshleman Hall will begin.
  • June 12, 2013: Lower Sproul Plaza and MLK Garage will be closed until Fall 2015.
  • June 12, 2013: Spieker Plaza/Alumni House/Zellerbach Playhouse will have temporary ramp access through August 2013. There
    will be no pedestrian or vehicle access from Spieker Plaza to Lower Sproul Plaza during the Summer of 2013.
  • August 6, 2013: Excavation of the Eshleman site will begin.
  • Mid-August: A tower crane is installed in the Lower Sproul Plaza.
  • September 10, 2013: A temporary wood fence is installed across Lower Sproul Plaza. The fence will separate the construction site
    from pedestrian pathways and access to Zellerbach and the Chavez Student Center.
  • October 17, 2013: Concrete is poured for the new Eshleman building foundation. 
  • October 25, 2013: Grand opening celebration of the Northwest Stair.

 

 

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HISTORY

 

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The Lower Sproul Plaza area, the campus’s signature grouping of Modernist buildings and location of the Student Union complex, has long been
identified as in need of programmatic and physical redesign to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a high quality center for student
life. Although it currently houses a mixture of student services, retail, food service, student organizations, student government, and meeting space,
over the years it has become a blighted and underutilized space. In addition, Eshleman Hall, which houses the ASUC and other student organizations,
has been rated seismically poor and needs significant infrastructure renewal.

In colloboration with campus, student leaders have come together to pioneer a plan for a lively, 24/7, studentoriented campus center. A revitalized
Lower Sproul Plaza is envisioned as a “campus living room” where students can engage in social, academic and recreational activities at all hours of
the day and night. Students want spaces for meetings, group study, performance and practice, and for just “hanging out.”  The total project cost is
estimated at $223 million. The passing of the Bringing Energy and Reviltazation of Sproul (B.E.A.R.S) Intitative Fee introduced and lead by student
in Spring 2010, will cover over half of the projects costs,  about $114 million. The remaining $110 Million was dedicated by the Chancellor on behalf
of the University and Life and Campus Services.  

 

DOCUMENTATION

 

SURGE RELOCATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During reconstruction, Student Organizations, the ASUC, and the ASUC Auxiliary (including Event Services, Business Development & Finance, and the LEAD Center)
will be relocated to temporary offices until Fall 2015. These temporary "SURGE" spaces can be found in Hearst Gymnasium, Hearst Field Annex, Sproul Hall and
Anna Head Alumnae Hall.

Accesible map to Sproul Hall, Hearst Gym, and Hearst Field Annex

 

Applying for Space

Due to Lower Sproul Redevelopment, Eshleman Hall will be torn down during the Spring of 2013. During the construction period of the new Eshleman Hall, student
groups will have to occupy temporary spaces known as SURGE spaces, located in Hearst Field Annex and the basement and first floor of Hearst Gymnasium. These
spaces are very limited and will require student groups to extremely downsize their items, offices, and storage needs.
 
The 2012-2013 EVP office is releasing applications for the 2013-2014 SURGE spaces for groups that have already been given space, as well as give groups who do
not have space the opportunity to apply for limited space in Hearst Gym. Deadlines are firm, and this application is due midnight of April 12th.
*EVERY Group that would like space must apply again to be considered again.
 
Please note: Groups that have been allocated space in previous semesters (Fall 2012-Spring 2013) have priority for their current space reapply will result in forfeit
of space. Please only have one representative from your group apply for space. Please provide a contact that is current, failure to respond may result in forfeit of
potential space. If you have any questions or concerns, email Briana Mullen, Lower Sproul Communications Coordinator
at studentspaces.berkeley@gmail.com
EVP Nolan Pack at
evp@asuc.org.

 

 

HEARST SPACE ALLOCATION

 

Student Spaces Agreement
All groups with allocated space in Hearst Gym/Annex must sign a student space agreement form. One ASUC approved officer from each group must
sign this agreement form before access to their space will be given. 

 

Student Space Agreement Form
Forms can be picked up and turned in at the ASUC Secretariat, station 23 Rm 112, Hearst Gym from 9-5pm M-F. Or you may print from this website
and turn in. Please read throughly noting policies dictating use and allocations.

 

Hearst Gym Access Form  |  Hearst Annex Access Form
In addition if you need access to your office space via Lock box you will need to fill out a form to be given the combination to your lock box/key.
ALL members who are wish access via Lock Box MUST fill out a access form. 
Forms can be picked up and turned in at the ASUC Secretariat, station
23, Rm 112 Hearst Gym from 9-5pm M-F, o
r you may print from this website and turn in. Electronic access takes approximately one week to be
granted from UCPD.

 

Key Card Access 
All students who need access to Hearst gym or Annex between 7pm-7am must fill out a Hearst Gym or Annex form for electronic access via Student ID.

 

Meeting Room Reservations
For the Fall 2013 semester, equipment and room reservations can be made starting August, 2013.

 

Hearst Gym Space Reservation
(these forms are currently unavailable)

Prospective renters are welcome to check availability online or by calling the Secretariat Office, but all reservations must be made in-person at the ASUC
Secretariat, station 23 Rm 112 Hearst Gym from 9-5pm Mon-Friday. Inquiries can be made at secretariat@asuc.org, or by calling 510.642.1431.

 

ASUC Tabling Program
Student Groups can utilize the ASUC tabling program for free for daily sproul tabling and after hours events. Please reference these instructions for more
information and how to reseve the tables. 

 

  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is the scope of the project?

The project includes the demolition and replacement of seismically poor Eshleman Hall, selective renovations to the Chavez Center, MLK  Student Union,
and Anthony Hall, and new two-story South and West Additions to MLK. The project also includes accessibility improvements throughout Lower Sproul
including 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 is proposed the west side of Chavez to capture and filter stormwater before it enters Strawberry Creek.

 

What is the project budget?

The total project budget is $223 million, which includes construction, soft costs, financing costs, 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. The budget 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?

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?

The project is expected to be phased and details regarding phasing are in still in progress. It is anticipated that the demolition and replacement of Eshleman
Hall will be Phase 1, starting in the Spring of 2013 and continuing until Spring 2015. Construction of Phase 2 (MLK, Chavez, Anthony) is anticipated to take
place between 2015- 2017. You can get more up to date information by checking out our construction updates.

 

Where will Organizations and Offices be located during construction?

During reconstruction, Student Organizations, the ASUC, LEAD Center and other student services will be relocated to temporary offices until Fall 2015. These
temporary "SURGE" spaces can be found in Hearst Gymnasium,Hearst Field Annex and 102 Sproul Hall. You can find an accesible map to Sproul Hall, Hearst
Gym, and Hearst Field Annex 
here

 

What programs will be housed in Lower Sproul?

Lower Sproul will be the center for co-curricular activities. Eshleman Hall will provide flexible workspace and meeting space for student government (both
undergraduate and graduate), student organizations, and public service projects; multi-purpose space for events and practice/performance; the Open
Computing Center; Cal TV; and  administrative space for student services.  The Student Learning Center in Chavez will be expanded and will extend its hours
to provide a much-needed latenight study center.  MLK 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 and the Pauley Ballroom will remain
unchanged.

 

What commercial activities will be housed in Lower Sproul?

Food service will be concentrated at the plaza level of MLK with service extending into late-night hours. New retail space will be located in ground level space
along Bancroft Way. The bookstore will be a major tenant and possibly others still to be determined.  

 

Will there be public-serving spaces?

A transit center—which 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. 

 

What are the sustainability goals for the project?

The project is targeting LEED Gold for new Eshleman. Renovated areas are expected to achieve a minimum of LEED CI Certified.  Sustainable design strategies
include high performance building envelopes to reduce energy use, reduced artificial lighting demand, and passive ventilation. Renewable energy sources such
as photovoltaics and wind are being explored. The existing site is comprised largely of hardscape and  a great deal of stormwater run-off currently flows unabated
to Strawberry Creek. Stormwater will be captured for re-use in toilet flushing.  A raingarden  is  also  proposed to capture storm water and filter and slow its release
into the creek. Gray water will be re-used for irrigation

 

 

LOWER SPROUL RENDERINGS

 

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