Outdoor Lighting Plan
UC Berkeley campus

Outdoor lighting – one of many features that contribute to a safe and accessible campus environment – is a critical and supportive component for night safety programs. The UC Berkeley Life Safety Committee, with the support of the presidents of the ASUC and Graduate Assembly, made campus lighting a key priority in 2015/16 and allocated approximately $2M to plan, design, and construct campus lighting improvements.

The Pathway Safety Lighting Plan will identify and recommend a lighting strategy for the central campus - bounded by Bancroft Way, Gayley Road, Hearst Ave and Oxford Street - including mapping illumination gaps and recommending ways to address deficiencies. The campus began the planning phase of the project in June 2016.

Concern for and heightened awareness around personal safety is a key issue. The need for improved lighting levels is expected to become more important as campus programming expands along with use of facilities, making parts of the central campus more of a 24-7 activity center. The recent revitalization of the Lower Sproul Plaza complex and on-going renovation of Moffitt Library will anchor 24-7 use of the campus in the near future.

The Life Safety Committee expects to fund construction of the plan’s recommendations using the available funds. Other recommendations from the plan would be incorporated into a multi-year implementation framework, based on the priorities identified in the plan and of the campus, that can be completed when other funding sources are identified and available.

Work Tasks/Planning Process:

Planning Phase (June 2016 through October 2016) --

  • Existing Conditions Analysis: Identify and Prioritize Key Areas for Lighting Improvements
  • Conceptualize Potential Improvements and Develop Project Options
  • Develop Master Plan Document

Construction/Design Phase--

  • Complete Design and Construction Documents
  • Construct Improvements
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Comments, concerns, or suggestions about campus lighting as input to the plan can be submitted via the form at the link above, or by contacting Todd Henry, UC Berkeley Physical and Environmental Planning, at 510 642-1173 or tthenry@berkeley.edu.