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UC Regents approve the Bowles Hall Plan!

It is our pleasure to inform you that on March 20, 2014, the UC Board of Regents approved our proposal to renovate and refurnish Bowles Hall and reestablish the Hall as a residential college! This is the first time that UC has agreed to allow a private entity to control and operate a University facility for an extended period of time. We will commence negotiation of the 45-year Ground Lease with the University in April 2014, at the same time negotiating the Development Agreement with Education Realty Trust (EdR). Construction design efforts by Pyatok Architects (Oakland) will begin in May 2014 and be complete in May 2015. Clark Builders (Los Angeles) will participate in the construction design and begin construction in May 2015, with completion anticipated in July 2016. Refurnishing, shake-down and reopening as a residential college will occur in August 2016. With the signing of the Ground Lease, the Bowles Hall Foundation will become the owner and independent operator of Bowles Hall for 45 years.

This approval is possible because of the efforts of many UC and our own BHAA people—too many to call out here. But we must recognize the extraordinary impact of the support of UCB Chancellor Dirks; Vice Chancellors Wilton (Finance) and Lalanne (Real Estate); Professors Bob Jacobsen, Panos Papadopoulos and Chris Kutz; and your BHAA leaders John Baker, John Woods, Tom Mader, Bob Thompson and Bill Harris. Today, the Regents, the UC system and Berkeley campus, and Foundation leadership, the Bowles and Hart families, and certainly your Bowles Hall Alumni Association and Foundation, recognize the value of iconic Bowles Hall, the experience of those who have lived and will live there, and our active Alumni Association.

In addition to the physical restoration of the Hall, we will complete the financing of this project, primarily through revenue bonds underwritten by Raymond James and philanthropic support led by Chuck Sizemore. There are many opportunities for you to bring your experience and resources to this project. This $37 million project is possible only because no UC or taxpayer funds are required. This is a participation effort, not a spectator sport. Please join with us. We have already spent more than $800,000, donated by the alumni and Friends of Bowles Hall. Please contact me directly with your offers of participation. Contributions to the Bowles Hall Foundation (a 501(c)(3) entity) are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Finally, we are very appreciative of your support and encouragement. It is a personal privilege to serve with you for the future benefit of Bowles Hall residents and our University. Please plan to celebrate this milestone achievement with us at the annual Big Game Dinner and Reunion on November 21, 2014, at the DoubleTree Hilton at the Berkeley Marina.

All the best,

Bob Sayles (’52), President
Bowles Hall Alumni Association