Return to Boalt With Your Hard Hat Handy
To returning 2Ls and 3Ls:
I hope this note finds you well. I suspect you are as excited about the fast-approaching start of the fall semester as I am.
This place has seemed rather deserted without you, but it has not been dull or quiet. The construction folks have been working feverishly since the day after graduation to renovate and upgrade classrooms. Despite our best efforts at planning, however, some delays occurred. The contractors had to devise ingenious ways to weave conduit throughout our aging building, and we also lost time during a strike on campus, when the building workers who were members of unions decided not to cross picket lines. As a result, the start of the semester will be a bit more challenging than I might have hoped. Four of our classrooms will not be finished on August 18, so some of your classes may be held in temporary locations for a week or two. Using every nook and cranny inside of Boalt Hall we were able to keep all classes within the law school building. By August 25 two of the four classrooms should be ready to use, and the other two will be available on Tuesday, September 2.
The old locker room is being transformed into a new classroom/video conferencing center and we’ll only be able to replace about half of the lockers in the new student center area in the transformed west basement. Over the years we have noticed that 2Ls and 3Ls make far less use of their lockers than 1Ls, so we’ll be offering lockers to 1Ls first. We’ll then work with BHSA on a plan to distribute lockers to 2Ls and 3Ls. In the meantime (since lockers won’t be installed until the second week of September) we’ll be operating a secure book checking area inside the law library’s Copy Center.
We’ll have to try your patience for the first two weeks of the semester, but the new and renovated spaces are going to be terrific, so I think it will be worth the wait. I will keep you posted, but if you’d like to see some construction photos visit the building website (also still under construction).
Be well, and enjoy the remaining weeks of summer.
Anyway, this is an open thread for discussion of building renovation, lockers, nooks, crannys, and whatnot.