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In the Spring of 2005, four Bowles Hall alums gathered to discuss the future of Bowles Hall, finding it appalling that the Hall had lost so many of its strengths and traditions and its unique personality. Out of that meeting, a series of actions were developed and have been taken, including the following:

  • Researched how UCB and its leadership made decisions; how the undergraduate student life experience is provided by some leading higher education “best of breed” universities and peers of UCB; assessed the availability and willingness to participate of Bowles Hall alumni, leadership and respected members of the Berkeley faculty and supporters in the greater Berkeley community.
  • More than 500 Bowles alumns, members of the Bowles family, four Chairmen of the UCB Academic Senate, six respected faculty “floor leaders,” and leading members of the Berkeley historic preservation community joined our effort.
  • Assessed the feasibility of restoration of the Hall, with consideration of 21st century requirements.
  • Retained Education Realty Trust, an experienced developer and operator of major collegiate residential communities to assist in our $250,000 feasibility assessment, using the experience of Pyatok Architects and Clark Builders, funded by donations of Bowles Hall alumni.
  • Designed the Student-Centered Operations module with six faculty members and five alums, including community member selection, self-government and discipline, and academic and career counseling.
  • Undertook financial analysis and financial plan creation.
  • Obtained coaching on the design of the governance model, the public-private partnership relationship with UC and the UC approval process from nationally recognized leaders in these fields.
  • Raised more than $800,000 in contributions and an additional $800,000 in pledges conditioned on project approval by the UC Board of Regents
  • Recruited more than 600 members of the Bowles Hall Alumni Association and established the Bowles Hall Foundation as an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) entity.
  • Developed a proposal for the future of Bowles Hall, with participation of UCB faculty, administration and the Berkeley Foundation
  • Submitted our proposal to UCB leadership and gained support; packaged proposal for presentation to the UC Office of the President for ultimate approval by the UC Regents.
  • Received UC Regent approval of the BHRC on March 20, 2014.
  • Construction began in June of 2015.
  • For year 2015-16 our Phoenix project housed 38 Bowlesmen and women in North Berkeley.
  • We will welcome 285 new residents to the Bowles Hall Residential College in August, 2016.
  • Our Grand Re-opening Ceremony will be on August 27, 2016. All welcome.