Working in Berkeley Way West

Building Information for SPH Faculty, Staff, and Students

The new Berkeley Way West building bridges the campus and community, physically representing our shared mission to work together to support health, development, and education.

Keycard Access for Masters & Doctoral Students:

If you have a new ID card, complete the UC Berkeley Card Key Application. The form will be routed to your Program Manager for review and approval. Once approved, it will be sent to UCPD for processing. Please allow 2-3 weeks for building access.

Master students including GSIs will receive access to the Berkeley Way West building, bike room, 5th floor lobby area, and graduate student lounge 24/7, and to the secured areas of the 5th Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 6 PM.

Doctoral students and GSRs will receive access to the Berkeley Way West building, bike room, graduate student lounge and 5th and 6th Floors. Access is granted for 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Keycard Access for Faculty & Staff

If you have a new ID card, complete the UCPD Cardkey Application and email it to sph_fmu50uhall@berkeley.edu.  In the “Access” fields, specify: 1st floor classrooms; 2nd floor Student Services; 2nd floor Student Lounge; 5th floor SPH; and/or 6th floor SPH.

Keycard Access Issues

If your keycard access has stopped working, email: sph_fmu50uhall@berkeley.edu.  Include: your full name; employee ID # or student ID #; the entire number on the back of your card; your phone number; your supervisor’s name, contact email, and phone number; and specify locations to be accessed.

Building Security

Try to wear (or carry) your Cal ID at all times.  This helps others know who you are and recognize that you are a UC Berkeley employee.  It will also make it easier for you to travel through keycard-secured areas.

Be aware of letting people in behind you; ask to see their Cal ID, if it’s not someone whom you recognize. Keycard-secured doors should not be propped open. Make sure to lock up your belongings when leaving the building, including sensitive documents and laptops.

A Security Patrol Officer (SPO) is stationed on the 1st floor of the building.  Should you be in need of assistance, call the UCPD non-emergency line at 510-642-6760, or if it is an emergency and you are on campus, you can dial the UCPD emergency number from your cell phone at 510-642-3333 and the SPO and/or a UCPD officer will be dispatched to your location.  In the event of an emergency, do not delay in calling 911 from a campus landline phone.

Different A/V Capacity in Conference, Huddle and Classrooms

  • Standard Video-conferencing:  All conference rooms, huddle rooms, colloquia rooms and classrooms have A/V screens and the ability to connect via HDMI or wireless (using AirBears2). Mac users also need to have Soundflower to run sound. All of these rooms have sound panels embedded in the video screens or overhead so that any audio (e.g. individuals participating in a Zoom, Skype, etc.) can be heard through those speakers. Volume can be controlled through either the table top Crestron screen (if present) or the TV remote (not the volume bar on your computer). If you are using the A/V for a video conference call, the computer controlling the presentation is the microphone source.  
  • Enhanced Video-conferencing: The more recent investment provides more advanced two-way video and audio in two conference rooms, 5101 and 5420 and one classroom, 1205. In these rooms there is a wide-angle camera that allows individuals on the other end of the meeting/class to see participants, and there are either drop down microphones from the ceiling (5101 and 1205) or microphones in the sound panel on the screen (5420) to capture volume of participants in the meeting.
    • Instructions for these room 5101 can be downloaded here.
    • Instructions for these room 5420 can be downloaded here.
    • Instructions for these classroom 1205 can be downloaded here.
    • As you will see, the technology for conference room 5420 is slightly different and requires the USB cord to be plugged in as well. There are two steps: 1) Connect your computer via HDMI or wireless AirMedia on AirBears2 (wireless is best for Macs). For 5420, also plug in the USB connection. 2) Then, select Creston soundbar under your audio. Please note that once #2 is completed, your computer will default in the future when you plug in. As mentioned above, use the Creston app or table-top screen to control volume (not your computer’s normal volume control).
  • Potential for Course Capture: The third type of A/V capability is in the colloquia (1102 and 1104) and two classrooms, 1207 and 2011. If you have a course for which you would be interested in course capture, please contact Emily Schwarz at eschwarz@berkeley.edu. As part of the original building project, campus enabled these spaces with course capture. Course capture allows a recording of the class to be saved on a campus server. Due to the lack of interest among SPH, Psych and Education (combined with the high cost), ETS has chosen to shut down the server used to support course capture. The infrastructure is still present and could be reactivated, however. So if you have a course for which you would be interested in course capture, please let me know.

Other A/V Information:

  • Lapel Microphones: BWW 5101, BWW 1205 and the Colloquia rooms (1102 and 1104) also have the capacity for the presenter to use a lapel microphone when connected to the room computer (this feature will not work if you bring an external laptop). Lapels are stored in the podium or computer kiosk in the room in a plastic bag. Please return the lapels and ensure they are turned off so as not to drain the batteries.
  • If you need assistance with A/V, please reach out to your Division Manager, the building manager Alberto Garcia, or Paul McCue. We highly encourage you to test your equipment beforehand so that there is time to provide assistance.
  • All rooms with A/V allow users to connect wirelessly. We have found that connecting wirelessly tends to provide a better connection (and circumvents the need for a dongle for Mac users) as compared to using the HDMI.
  • Please note that this A/V software does not – unfortunately – communicate as well with Mac computers. If you are having trouble with your Mac, please ask for assistance or, if you’re in a pinch and someone else in the meeting has a PC, you may have better luck with the PC.
  • When booking conference rooms, if you do not require enhanced videoconferencing, please consider booking a different room so that those who need this technology can use it. If you need scheduling assistance for a meeting that requires enhanced video-conferencing and the rooms are already booked, please work with the front-desk by emailing sph-frontdesk@berkeley.edu.

The Building Emergency Plan (BEP) for 2121 Berkeley Way (Berkeley Way West) is available for download as a PDF file below.

A Building Emergency Plan is required for each occupied UC Berkeley building. The plan is
considered part of every building’s basic health and safety responsibility. BEP’s contain information for
a variety of emergency situations, including medical emergencies, power outages, hazardous material
spills, fires, bomb threats, civil disturbances, and earthquakes.

It is important for staff to read and understand their work site(s)’s BEP before an emergency occurs.
Managers should share safety information with faculty, staff, and students, brief all new personnel as
they join the department, and keep copies of the BEP in accessible locations. The BEP must be made
available to all occupants upon request.

Download BEP (.pdf)

  • Workstation areas are considered quiet areas. Voices should be kept to a lower volume. Be aware of your surroundings and respect your colleagues. Be mindful of loud discussions, noise, and cell phone conversations in common areas. Consider relocating to a focus room, huddle room, or available office for lengthy conversations.
  • Huddle/focus/conference rooms with frosted windows are designed for sensitive meetings/student consultation/Q&E. If you do not require a frosted room, please consider using a different space to ensure these rooms are available to those who need them specifically for that purpose.
  • Avoid using speakerphone at your workstation. Develop a softer telephone voice and adjust your ring loudness. Set your cell phone to vibrate, instead of ring.
  • Scents: Please refrain from using perfume, cologne, other scented products, or having strongly scented flowers. Remember that your colleagues might have allergies!
  • If you choose to eat at your desk, please be mindful of aromatic foods. Make sure to use the compost and recycle bins in the kitchen area. Your desk-side container is not serviced daily.
  • Focus and huddle rooms can be used for collaborative, private, and heads-down focused work; they are unscheduled spaces. Once finished, leave the door open and the lights off so others know they can use the room. Be respectful of others who may need to utilize these spaces; do not “camp out.”
  • Cancel conference room reservations, if not needed; a reserved but empty conference room is considered available 10 minutes after the reservation start time.
  • Kitchen etiquette is very important in a shared environment. Make sure to clean up after yourself (do your own dishes) and respect other people’s belongings and food. Dispose of your expired items in a timely fashion. All food/drinks placed in the refrigerator should have the initials of the owner and a date, so that periodic clean-up is easy.
  • In general, be a responsible member of our community and clean up after yourself in all spaces.
  • Try to wear (or carry) your Cal ID at all times. This helps others know who you are and recognize that you are a UC Berkeley employee. It will also make it easier for you to travel through keycard-secured areas and to access your print jobs.
  • Be aware of letting people in behind you; ask to see their Cal ID, if it not someone whom you recognize. Keycard-secured doors should not be propped open.
  • Make sure to lock up your belongings when leaving the building, including sensitive documents and laptops.
  • Fire code prohibits the use of personal space heaters, refrigerators, coffee machines, microwaves, etc. These types of items are not allowed at workstations or in offices.
  • Berkeley Way West is a zero waste building (helping our campus to meet its Zero Waste by 2020 goals); make sure to recycle and compost!

Bike storage and showers: The bike entrance to the 1st floor secured parking area is from Hearst Avenue (keycard access required); there are five showers available within.

Café: The B-box Café is located on the 1st floor.

Lactation rooms: Lactation rooms are located on the 5th, 4th, and 3rd floors.  To request access to the 5th floor room, contact the Building Manager at agarcia@ngkf.com.

Restrooms: The 2nd and 5th floors have a mix of gender specific and single-user bathrooms.  The 1st floor also has two large gender inclusive bathrooms, as well as a single-user bathroom.

Water Filtration Station: Each floor is equipped with a filtered water bottle filling station near each restroom. Please help us keep plastic bottles out of the waste stream.

Restaurants: The building now has 2 restaurants on the ground level; an Udon restaurant “MARUGAMI” and Noah’s bagels. Both are accessible from Shattuck Avenue. Currently Marugami is closed and non-operational. Noah’s Bagels is open for take out only.

We are delighted to have new height-adjustable workstations.  Using a height adjustable workstation allows for safe working postures in both sitting and standing positions.  These workstations promote postural changes throughout the work day and have positive ergonomic and health benefits.

On-demand ergonomic training is available online under, “Computer Health Matters Online Training” on the University Health services website. If after taking the training, you need an ergonomic evaluation or consultation, contact Paul McCue in SPH Facilities.  You are also encouraged to review all of the resources for ergonomics.

The SPH Facilities team — Janis Honda and Paul McCue — oversees general facilities needs for both Berkeley Way West and University Hall, including:

  • Ricoh printers/copiers/scanners (extra paper is stored in the 5th floor mailroom #5302)
  • Audiovisual equipment on 5th floor and University Hall
  • Keys and building access
  • Phone lines and phone equipment
  • Furniture changes/needs
  • Space planning

SPH Facilities:  sph_fmu50uhall@berkeley.edu
(510) 643-0987

The Berkeley Way West Building Manager — Alberto Garcia — oversees facilities issues with the building itself, including:

  • Climate control
  • Custodial/janitorial needs
  • Elevator problems
  • Light fixtures/bulb burnout; fuses
  • Locked out of office/other spaces, if you cannot reach Division/unit manager
  • Plumbing issues – leaks, clogs
  • Power outages
  • Building evacuation and building emergency plan

Building-related issues and requests are submitted via a system called Angus, to which several people have access.  If there is a need in your area, please reach out to one of the following people: Janis Honda, Paul McCue, any Division Manager, Svetlana Battle, or Emily Schwarz.

The janitorial crew vacuums the common areas on a weekly basis; vacuuming of offices is currently by request.  Trash/recycling bins need to be placed outside of locked offices, if they are to be emptied.

Neighborhood: quadrant of workstations, offices, rooms, and spaces, organized by academic division or functional team

Workstation: your personal, assigned work space

Office: assigned work space for 1-2 occupants; available to others when not in use for a prolonged period (at the discretion of the occupant)

Focus room: unscheduled room that accommodates 1-2 people for focused work

Huddle room: unscheduled room that accommodates 4-6 people for focused work

Conference room: reservable meeting room (various sizes available)

Touchdown space: unassigned workstation for part-time employees, visitors, etc. as needed

Casual seating: booths, counters, armchairs, etc. throughout the floors for informal gathering, quite work, rest periods, eating, etc.

Print area: shared print/copy/scan area, where multifunction devices are available for use

Our mailing address is:

Berkeley Way West
2121 Berkeley Way, Room 5302
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360

Mail Services delivers/pick-ups SPH mail to/from the 5th floor mailroom – Room 5302 (across from the kitchen) – on Tuesdays and Thursdays. University Hall’s mail code  has changed to 7358. Make sure to update your campus directory listing (“Update your listing”), as well as your electronic signature block, letterhead, etc.

Flyers, posters, announcements, etc. may be posted in the 2nd floor kitchen, on the cork boards in the 5th floor kitchen and mail room, taped to columns, and inserted into mounted sign holders throughout the 5th floor.  Please refrain from taping signage to the walls.

We now have a video wall in the 5th floor reception area. You will find the latest information about upcoming workshops, events, and more.

In addition to incoming/outgoing mail, the 5th floor mailroom – Room 5302 (across from the kitchen) – includes:

  • Reuse office supplies (feel free to take and to give!)
  • Copy paper, in varying sizes
  • E-waste collection site
  • Toner and battery recycling
  • Lost and found bin

To call within the University, only the last 5 digits are needed.  When calling outside, dial “9” first.

Many of the huddle rooms and focus rooms are equipped with telephones.  Locations and phone numbers are listed here.  Instructions for transferring phone calls are available here.

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