UC Hastings is moving forward to optimize our campus.
To benefit all of our stakeholders, especially students, and consistent with the Strategic Plan, we have already finished the Long Range Campus Plan (LRCP) for the campus. Every constituency group was invited to participate in the planning process, and many individuals took part. Among the most important needs identified by the LRCP are the need to renovate Snodgrass Hall (198 McAllister) and development of better space for students to gather. Much work was done over this past summer to improve campus life.
We are now preparing to reconfigure Kane Hall (200 McAllister), specifically the 1st and the 6th floors. This will enable us to add study space and social space for students and also consolidate the world-class clinics and centers that have been dispersed throughout campus in ad hoc arrangements.
Among the consequences of this reconfiguration will be opening up of space in the Tower (100 McAllister), which will create new rental income possibilities. The goal here is threefold: address immediate space needs, serve the student body, and increase revenue. I am personally overseeing this project, and the work will be done with deliberation that brings together everyone at the College.
We are also now ready to begin Phase 2.0 of the LRCP, the Implementation Phase. Among the priorities will be determining how best to upgrade Snodgrass Hall or whether to pursue alternatives to doing so. Better configuration of classrooms and a student commons are among the top objectives. The choices will require consideration of data regarding design and finances.
It is crucial to continue the process in an inclusive, transparent manner—to ensure a good outcome as well as support for the decisions that must be made. Two members of the governing Board, two members of the faculty, CFO David Seward, and one member of the staff will be working directly with Provost & Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman and me on LRCP 2.0, beginning immediately.
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-Frank H. Wu
Frank H. Wu
Chancellor & Dean