Having completed our recent capital campaign to transform the Haas campus, Berkeley Haas now features four buildings surrounding a central courtyard that have brought our community together in a dramatic new way.
When we moved into the initial buildings in 1995, we had 1,300 students. Today we have 2,300 students in six degree programs and hundreds more in non-degree programs, such as summer programs and executive education. In 2017 we completed construction on a fourth building to accommodate our growth in programs and to offer a state-of-the-art learning environment for our students.
Chou Hall, our new 80,000 square-foot building, is entirely focused on student learning and interaction. Built to advance management education, it offers the latest in audio-visual technology, flat and tiered classrooms, and ample group study spaces. The 300-seat Spieker forum provides a state-of-the-art event space with views of the San Francisco Bay. Chou Hall is the first academic building in the US designed for WELL, Zero-Waste, and LEED Platinum certifications.
Cafe Think, on the ground floor of Chou Hall, spills out into our central courtyard on one side and offers seating underneath giant redwoods on the other. Following the principles of WELL and Zero-Waste certifications, the meals served at Cafe Think are organic and locally sourced and support a healthy and balanced diet.
In addition to building Chou Hall, our campaign to transform the Haas Campus has included renovating our Robert G. O'Donnell Courtyard into a versatile, open space for campuswide interaction and gatherings. New air conditioning installed in Cheit Hall classrooms guarantees a learning-friendly environment year-round. And a new Innovation Lab, located 300 steps away at California Memorial Stadium, gives team-based and experiential courses the flexible studio-style space they need to thrive.