Collaboratory construction begins this summer

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Renovation has begun to transform 6,500 square foot former department library space on 4th floor of Young Hall into the Mani Bhaumik Centennial Collaboratory.

Expected to be completed by Summer 2019, the Collaboratory will be the heart of student life in the department, providing students and faculty with a much-needed lecture hall, private meeting and tutoring rooms, and a fully-equipped study lounge.  

Nearby classrooms will not be used for classes during the noisy demolition phase, which will begin in mid-July and is expected to last two months. The classrooms that will be closed during the summer are the three Court of Sciences lecture halls (CS24, CS50, and CS76), the Tsai Computer Lab (4232), and general classroom 4216.

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The main entrance to the Mani L. Bhaumik Centennial Collaboratory. 

The Collaboratory is made possible by a generous gift from former UCLA postdoctoral fellow, physicist, and bestselling author Mani L. Bhaumik and well as contributions from former Jung postdoctoral fellow Dongwon Yoo, Jim (’77) and Barbara Tsay, Atsuko (Ph.D. ’63, M.D. ’69) and Akira Fujimoto (’60), Raymond (’43) and Dorothy Wilson, and Karen (M.S. ’65) and William Timberlake (M.S. ’66). This exciting project is a big endeavor requiring much support and we welcome your help.  For more information about how you can be a part of this critical new space, including naming opportunities and recognition on the donor wall, please contact the Chair’s office at 310-825-3958,
The Collaboratory space was designed by Irandi and Nathan Nutting of The Design Collectiv, an architectural design firm based in Orange County. UCLA Facilities, headed up by Steven Chang, will be overseeing the demolition and construction. Questions about the construction may be directed to the department’s Operations Manager, Janette Kropat,, 310-825-7790.
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An overview of the 6,500 square foot Collaboratory which will have a state-of-the art lecture hall, offices and meetings rooms, and a fully-equipped study lounge. (Click on image to view higher resolution version.)

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The state-of-the art seminar and conference hall will have 142 seats.

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The former department library space (4222 Young Hall) prior to demolition.

A video “tour” of the current space, just at the start of the demolition, may be viewed here.