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 Update

Above: Plaza view of Esleman Hall

Below: Plaza view of MLK Jr. Student Union

Lower Sproul Redevelopment website

Lower Sproul Redevelopment in the press

Questions about construction should be directed to UC Berkeley Real Estate at (510) 643-4793. 

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