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UC Davis Walker Hall: Project Updates

Project Updates

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, facilitiating 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.