Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed the budget bill for the upcoming fiscal year. The enacted budget provides sufficient funding to allow UC Hastings College of the Law to maintain student fees unchanged for the fourth consecutive year with a General Fund augmentation of $1 million pursuant to the Administration's multi-year funding plan for higher education, an 11% increase in state support.
With this much needed infusion of additional state support, funds provided by the State of California will comprise 15% of enterprise wide total revenue, or, alternatively, 19% of the funding supporting the college’s core educational mission.
The budget also appropriates $36.8 million to construct a new academic building at 333 Golden Gate Avenue to replace that portion of Snodgrass Hall (198 McAllister) that was constructed in 1953.
The project will develop a new academic facility of approximately 57,000 gross square feet on a vacant site owned by UC Hastings. The new building would replace UC Hastings’ existing primary academic facility, which encompasses approximately 76,000 gross square feet.
“We are deeply appreciative of this investment,” said UC Hastings Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu. “Special thanks also to UC Hastings CFO David Seward for his efforts, and to our board members, faculty, staff, and students who comprised the Long Range Campus Planning 2.0 Committee, especially for their outreach to our many neighbors and other stakeholders–who have supported our efforts to build a strong community.”
In future years, the Governor’s Five Year Infrastructure Plan proposes to allocate an additional $6.8 million to modernize the 1970-era annex housing the Gold Reading Room, Justice Marvin and Jane Baxter Appellate Law Center and the Louis B. Mayer Lounge.
The Governor and the Legislature also included budget bill language, at the college’s request, to authorize use of private donations to supplement the state’s appropriation for building enhancements so as to fully leverage the opportunity to create a “top of class” facility commensurate with the college’s stature and prominence.
The Governor’s support will allow the college’s long-range campus plan to proceed. The design development effort has begun to assure that the 333 Golden Gate Avenue building achieves pedagogic goals and creates a learning environment tailored to the needs of students. Concurrently, feasibility analysis has commenced on those elements of the long range campus plan calling for the development of additional student housing, potentially in collaboration with UCSF. In the coming weeks, the college will begin to undertake environmental review as required by the California Environmental Quality as well as outreach to our neighbors and community partners.
For more information regarding the UC Hastings Five Year Infrastructure Plan and the college’s long-range development objectives, click here. This plan was developed with broad based input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community. The process going forward will continue to rely on input from the UC Hastings community and our neighbors, and updates will be posted online.
Alex A.G. Shapiro
Director, Communications & Public Affairs
UC Hastings College of the Law
Office: (415) 581-8842
Cell: (415) 813-9214