The renovation of the Haas courtyard is slated to begin Saturday, Dec. 15, although some preliminary preparation work, including installing fences, may begin slightly earlier as finals are wrapping up.
The schedule means that courtyard demolition, the noisiest and most disruptive phase of the project, will take place during winter break, when students, faculty, and most staff are away.
The goal of the renovation is to make the courtyard much more useable and inviting by creating new, larger spaces where students, faculty, staff, and visitors from across campus and beyond mingle, socialize, and share ideas. The renovation will provide a more flexible space for student clubs, career fairs, alumni events, social occasions, and everyday connections.
The courtyard project is expected to be complete in April, barring unexpected circumstances or an unusually wet winter. The courtyard and courtyard-facing entrances will be inaccessible during construction, but paths of travel will be re-routed. Mitigations are currently being worked out to reduce any inconvenience, and regular construction updates will be sent to the Haas community every week.
The new, improved courtyard is part of the school’s strategic plan to "Transform the Haas Campus." Another project already underway, installing air conditioning in Cheit classrooms, is expected to finish by the end of October and has already brought some relief to classrooms during the most recent heat spell.
Updates and information on these projects will be available on the Haas School Strategic Plan website: haas.berkeley.edu/strategicplan/strategicfocus/transform/index.html. Questions or concerns can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.