The goal of the Real Estate Division is to create an integrated real estate management and operating organization. To this end, we are transforming the way we approach the development and management of Berkeley’s on-campus and off-campus facilities, working to become a highly dynamic planning, management, development, and construction organization focused on customer service, operating efficiencies, and new revenue generation. Our goal is to create a structure that positions Berkeley to better respond to the rapidly changing challenges and opportunities that we confront.
October 17, 2016
Gender-Inclusive Restrooms at Evans Hall
The campus's first project to convert existing multi-stall, gender-specific restrooms to a multi-stall gender-inclusive restroom is now complete and the restrooms, located on the first floor of Evans Hall, opened last week. Formerly separate men's and women's restrooms, the facility now includes eight (8) individual fully-enclosed stalls, one of which is ADA accessible. The stall doors are designed to ensure privacy and each stall has a fire alarm with a horn strobe and its own venting. A shared sink in the middle of the room has new water-efficient fixtures. Energy-efficient LED lighting is controlled by a motion sensor and new tiles and mirrors make the space much brighter than it was before.
Most importantly, the restrooms are open to everyone, helping to create an overall inclusive campus environment for all members of our community. While gender-inclusive restrooms are now part of campus standards for restrooms and included in any new campus buildings, converting existing multi-stall restrooms like these on the first floor of Evans takes additional resources and so conversions will take place over time.
October 3, 2016
Dear Campus Community,
The Chancellor has informed me that he has accepted the resignation of Vice Chancellor for Real Estate, Robert Lalanne, effective immediately. We will announce our plans for the management of the Real Estate portfolio shortly, but it is our intention to eliminate the Vice Chancellor position and continue the effort to strategically manage our physical assets.
Bob took on the new role of Vice Chancellor for Real Estate in January 2014 with responsibility for campus real estate projects in addition to the planning, building and operations of facilities on and off campus. During the last two years, he has come to know the campus culture and needs regarding physical assets. A comprehensive review was carried out on the central campus to determine the existing condition, as well as the maintenance and renewal needs of all campus facilities. Bob also led major building projects including the Bowles Hall Historic Renovation, Jacobs Hall in the College of Engineering, the Maxwell Stadium Parking Garage, and the Koret Visitor Center at California Memorial Stadium. Bob also played a central role in planning and launching the development at Albany Village of senior housing and retail that will bring the campus $1 million annually in ground lease payments.
Noted for his focus on the big picture, Bob has been a great resource in identifying opportunities that are consistent with our values and that optimize our resources. He has worked collaboratively with a range of campus colleagues and project stakeholders to improve the performance of the real estate portfolio and to generate needed revenue. His work has extended beyond the campus to our colleagues at the Office of the President.
Even more, Bob has been a loyal alumnus who has contributed his time, energy and resources to the good of his alma mater. I speak for the entire campus when I express my gratitude to Bob for his devotion to the Berkeley campus and its mission.
Hill Campus Fire Hazard Reduction Program - Indefinite Delay
September 9, 2016
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has terminated grants awarded to UC Berkeley in January 2016 that were to fund fire hazard mitigation projects in the area known as the Hill Campus.
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August 26, 2016
Chancellor Announces Suspension of Plans at Richmond Bay Campus
Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced that the campus is indefinitely suspending plans to build the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay. To read the full statement, please visit
August 21, 2016
Bowles Hall Reopens
Bowles Hall has reopened as a residential college after a year of extensive renovation. To learn more and see photos, please go to