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UC Davis Walker Hall: Project Updates

Project Updates

Spring 2021

Graduate Studies, the Graduate Student Association, and the Postdoctoral Scholars Association have successfully moved into Walker Hall. A majority of all operations are still being completed remotely. Currently, we still do not anticipate opening the Graduate Center to the public until Fall 2021. Our new website is anticipated to launch in August 2021.

January 2021

Building tenants plan to move into the Graduate Center this month. As we work to open the Graduate Center to the public our website will be updated to include all new facility web pages. Currently, we do not anticipate opening the Graduate Center to the public until Fall 2021. 

November 2020

Due to UC Davis curtailment plans, Graduate Studies will now move into the building early winter quarter. Furniture is currently being installed in the building and will be completed by early December:


October 2020

Graduate Studies is still planning to move into the building in December 2020. Please see below for various update photos:

Lecture hall seating is completed. Flooring and AV installation continues. 10.1.2020

Graduate Studies Reception, Custom printed glass containing historic UCD maps has been installed 10.1.2020

Exterior landscaping is progressing 10.1.2020

September 2020

As construction continues, more and more finishes are being completed in the building. As September 1, Graduate Studies is currently planning to move into the building December 2020. We are still awaiting guidance from campus regarding student access but are eager to welcome students to the center as soon as it is safe to do so. Please see below for some update photos of various parts of the building: 

Lecture Hall Seating Installation 9.1.2020

Gibeling Conference Room 9.1.2020

Graduate Studies Reception 9.1.2020

Graduate Studies Administrative Offices 9.1.2020

July / August 2020

Unfortunately, due to various construction errors our furniture installation has been delayed until early September. Thus the building will not be ready for occupancy until at least October. Additionally as Graduate Studies continues to work remotely and limited campus operations are expected in Fall quarter. We have decided to delay opening of the Graduate Center to the public until at least January 2021. While we cannot wait to open the Center to our students and university community this delay will help us better prepare the Center.

May / June 2020

As temperatures begin to rise, the building is being prepared for the activation of the HVAC systems for climate control. Paint is going on the walls and electrical / data cabling is a main priority for the contractors. Furniture will begin to be installed at the end of the July. Soon the Graduate Center will be ready for occupancy (currently anticipated for September 2020).

Graduate Studies has decided to delay our grand opening ceremony slated for September 2020. However, we are excited to welcome Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars to the Center as soon as it is safe to do so. 

April 2020

 While students are away and campus is eerily quiet compared to a normal spring quarter, construction has continued. Potential delays due to Covid-19 are now a focus of the general contractor. However, progress is still being made. Pictured below, the new main entrance to the building is starting to take shape. Soon we will see a covered walkway and plants added to this area.

March 2020

Despite quickly changing conditions locally and around the world, construction continues on campus. Steady progress is being made both inside and surrounding the building. The new promenade from Peter J. Shields Library to the Student Community Center is being poured and soon lights will be turned on inside the building. For current campus construction information regarding the COVID-19 crisis, please see Design and Construction Management's website.

February 2020

Dry weather has allowed the construction team to start catching up on many delays. As we progress through the month, most of the external concrete will start being poured. Inside progress is also being made with most of the drywall installed. We currently estimate moving in Summer 2020 with a grand opening ceremony slated for September 2020. Details to come.

January 2020

2020 marks the year that the Graduate Center will finally open. As construction continues at a steady pace, rain delays and other issues have pushed our opening later than we hoped. We are still waiting on a firm move-in date however, we are certain that the Center will be fully functional by the start of fall quarter.

November 2019

Steady progress is being made on the building. The site has been prepared for the first major rain of the season.  See our most updated exterior rendering (pictured below), featuring the new paint color "Sandy Toes"










New informational banners (pictured below) have also been added to the construction site fence to promote awareness of the new Graduate Center.

October 2019

Paint is on the building, windows are installed, and framing is continuing at a steady pace. Great progress is being made on the building while the site is being prepared for the winter months. However, with historic buildings come challenges. Due to various delays, the buildings anticipated opening is being pushed to Spring 2020. 

August 2019

High temperatures haven't halted progress on the Graduate Center! And the end is in sight - we anticipate that the building will open in January 2020. We're scheduling on-site tours with some of our leaders, donors and staff members. 

This summer, we welcomed Kyle Clayton (pictured right in the yellow vest), the new graduate center coordinator, to the Graduate Studies team. Kyle has jumped right in - attending construction meetings, facilitating business operations conversations with Graduate Studies staff, and more. We're grateful to have him on board. Welcome, Kyle!

We're planning an array of events for our grand opening celebration, and we'll be distributing save-the-date postcards at this year's Graduate Student Orientation and Postdoc Appreciation Dinner. An invitation will go out to the UC Davis campus community soon, so keep an eye on your inbox.

July 2019

With the end of the redevelopment project in sight, the Graduate Studies team and the Graduate Student Association are starting to discuss the grand opening celebrations for the Graduate Center at Historic Walker Hall. This month, we met with the Ceremonies and Events team to discuss different options and fun engagement opportunities. 

November 2018


Pete Scully, an avid urban sketcher and a management services officer for the Department of Statistics, has been sketching the progress of the Walker Hall redevelopment. In September, Scully published half a dozen sketches of the building in various states of construction. Scully intends to continue to sketch the building as it transforms into the new UC Davis Graduate Center, so check out his blog for his latest sketches of Walker Hall.

Project Planning

Graduate students have long desired a space to call their own and the proposal to former Chancellor Linda Katehi by the Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board (CGPSA) clearly articulated the need for a centralized location for graduate and professional students. 

The Provost has appointed a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) consisting of campus leaders and graduate students, and separate workgroups have been formed to represent the constituencies to be housed in the new center. The PAC has interviewed and selected an architectural firm - Leddy, Maytum & Stacy (LMS) - and preliminary space planning is underway. 

Project Funding 

Walker Hall was first included in the Davis campus’ 2010-2020 Consolidated State and Non-State Capital Plan and much effort has been devoted to obtaining funding to complete this project. The project has secured funding approvals through the 2013-14 Budget for State Capital Improvements from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee under the provisions of Chapter 50, Statutes of 2013 (“AB 94”). The total project budget is set at $31.3 million.