UC Berkeley to House Artifact Collections In New Facility

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UC Berkeley is renovating a large storage facility in Richmond that will house the campus's ever-growing collections of museum and library artifacts.

The facility will replace the campus's prior storage unit at 6701 San Pablo Ave., which sold for $28.9 million in 2007, said Christine Shaff, communications manager for facility services.

Profits from the sale covered the purchase of the new unit, she said.

The 400,000-square-foot storage facility is currently undergoing renovations that are expected to be completed by spring 2010.

Renovating the facility and moving the artifacts will cost a projected $16 million, Shaff said.

Various campus museums-including the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology-will move their artifacts to the new site.

Some of the items that will be moved include large outdoor sculptures from the Berkeley Art Museum that require climate-controlled storage.

Lisa Calden, director of registration for the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, said the campus needs a new, larger storage unit.

"There is, in fact, a very pressing need for a climate-controlled, high security, off-site storage facility for the art museum's collections, which have outgrown our current on-site storage space many years ago," Calden said.

The facility will most likely be climate-controlled and have a security system similar to the old unit, including guards and cameras, Shaff said.

Officials said the new unit was purchased partly because of its close proximity to two major research and archive facilities that need access to a storage unit.

The Richmond Field Station, the campus's large-scale engineering research facility, and the Northern Regional Library Facility, the UC system's library storage unit, are among several nearby campus and university facilities that will be able to use the new unit for storage.

Nathan Brostrom, vice chancellor of administration, said the main goal of the project is to help free up space on campus.

"(The move) not only made financial sense for the campus, but it also increases the functionality of these spaces," Brostrom said in an e-mail.


Contact Christina Berke at [email protected]

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