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Transformation of UC Berkeley Haas Campus Gets Underway

The Haas School campus at the University of California at Berkeley will undergo a series of enhancements beginning this summer as part of the first phase of one of the three main pillars of the school’s strategic plan.

“Transforming the Haas Campus,” as the phase is called, will include renovation of the school’s courtyard and needed infrastructure updates, projects chosen through input from students, faculty and staff over the course of several years.

Specifically, the Haas courtyard will be renovated with new checkerboard paving stones, maple trees, furniture and landscaping designed to allow more flexible arrangements for events and activities, with the goal being to create an epicenter where students, faculty, staff and visitors can come together and share ideas. “Imagine the buzz and feel of Café Strada and now picture that energy and interaction in the Haas courtyard,” Dean Rich Lyons said in a statement. “That is the sort of environment we want to create, a kind of ‘town square’ for our community.”

Another planned project as part of the campus transformation is the installation of air conditioning ducts in Cheit Hall. By upgrading outdated HVAC controls, the school intends to meet new campus standards and achieve measurable energy savings.

Work on both projects began the week of July 2nd. The infrastructure improvements will continue through August, and the courtyard renovation is expected to be complete in September.

Learn more about the Haas School Strategic Plan.

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