Paul Jacobs at Jacobs Hall opening

Paul Jacobs points out a feature of the newly opened Jacobs Hall. (Photo by Noah Berger)

Opening Jacobs Hall

Days before the start of the fall semester, the Berkeley Engineering community held a public celebration to mark the opening of Jacobs Hall, headquarters of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation.

This semester, more than 1,300 students are taking classes or participating in other activities in Jacobs Hall. The capabilities of the new building offer faculty the opportunity to develop new courses. This fall, 22 courses are being taught in Jacobs Hall, including a freshman seminar called “How It’s Made” and a competition course called “The Challenge Lab,” in which students create innovative products serving a social cause.

Jacobs Hall offers 24,000 square feet of studios and maker spaces for classes and projects in digital design, prototyping, fabrication and manufacturing. The $25 million building was funded entirely by philanthropy.


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