University of California, Planning, Design & Construction
Bakar BioEnginuity Hub at Woo Hon Fai Hall
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The proposed project would establish the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub at Woo Hon Fai Hall rehabilitate the existing building, leaving the existing footprint, exterior and entrances unchanged except for an approx 6,300 ft addition to the Lower Gallery along the Bancroft Way frontage. The proposed renovation would include seismic retrofitting, upgrading building systems, and enhancing integration with the adjacent campus, including two new landscaped open space plazas.
Class 1: the project would involve negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing. The proposed project estimates the total daily occupancy at 310 people, a decrease in intensity of use from its prior museum use with an estimated total daily occupancy of 1,050 people. In addition, the project would rehabilitate the existing building, leaving the existing footprint unchanged, except for an approx 6,300 sf addition, and would be located in an area where no environmentally sensitive habitat exists and served by existing facilities.
Class 3: the project would include approx 6,300 sf addition, which would not exceed the limit of 10,000 sf for a given site that is in an urbanized area and that will not involve the use of significant amounts of hazardous substances. The project would house dry laboratories and offices in addition to low-hazard wet labs that do not exceed Biosafety Level 2. Consistent with this exemption, the necessary public services and facilities are available to the site, and the surrounding area is not environmentally sensitive.
Class 31: the project would renovate an existing historic structure to bring the resource into a seismically safer condition, using strategies consistent with the SOI Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and that do not have a significant impact on the historical resources of the building.