Investing in Bren Hall

    Bren Hall is the most visible symbol of the Bren School's foundation as a partnership of leaders, visionaries, and scholars. Since being completed in 2002, it has become a national symbol of sustainable design, exemplifying the convergence of equity, ecology, and economy.

    We invite individuals, foundations, and corporations who share our commitment to these ideals to play a significant role by naming and endowing key spaces in the building.

    Endowments ensure that the school will be able to attract the finest scholars in perpetuity, and support them in leading-edge teaching and research in the most sophisticated green environment in academia.

    The Bren School is grateful for all charitable gifts, and honors leading donors who provide major support for student, faculty, programmatic, and capital needs. One significant way to pay tribute to our most generous supporters is to name the benefited program or facility for the donor.

    Below are floor plans and descriptions of key educational and interactive spaces that are available to be endowed.

    Kermit the Frog and Christine Ervin
    Kermit the frog introduces Christine Ervin in his keynote speech at the grand opening of Bren Hall.

    "The US Green Building Council views this opening as a landmark event, featuring a model demonstration site for sustainable construction. Bren Hall is one of the first buildings in America to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEEDTM) rating from the council. It will be one of the greenest buildings in the nation."

    —Christine Ervin
    President & CEO
    United States Green Building Council
    Bren Hall Grand Opening
    April 19, 2002


    Bren Hall Floor Plans and Key Spaces
    Bren Hall First-level Floor Plan Bren Hall Second-level Floor Plan
    Bren Hall Third-level Floor Plan

    1. Biogeochemistry Teaching Laboratory (#2015)

    This 950-square-foot laboratory on the second floor supports the Bren School's unique interdisciplinary curriculum in biology, geology, and chemistry. Leading-edge analytical instrumentation includes chromatographs, spectrophotometers, and field meters, as well as measuring and field sampling equipment -- all of which enable innovative and advanced research techniques for graduate students. This laboratory supports the teaching and research of Professors John Melack, Patricia Holden, and Arturo Keller.


    Professor Patricia Holden with students in the Biogeochemistry Teaching Laboratory

    2. Environmental Modeling Laboratory (#3035)

    This 950-square-foot laboratory on the third floor supports the Bren curriculum in computational modeling, geographic information systems, and environmental information management. Thirty two high-end GIS workstations with advanced graphics, visualization, and processing capabilities share access to large-format, high-resolution color printers and scanners. For AV needs, the room has screens, projectors, DVD, VCR, audio inputs, a computer, and a podium, as well as an internet connection.


    Professor Jeff Dozier with student in the GIS Computing Lab

    3. Watershed Science Teaching Laboratory (#1027)

    This first floor 950-square-foot laboratory serves as the primary staging area for field investigation, experimentation, and analysis for scientific research and teaching in hydrology, meteorology, physical limnology, and oceanography. State-of-the-art technology and instrumentation support the innovative and advanced research techniques for graduate students.

    Colloquium Room

    4. Colloquium Room (#1414)

    This 1,785-square-foot lecture theater/multimedia room on the first floor of Bren Hall features stadium-style seating for 100 and state-of-the-art distance-learning capabilities. It is the primary teaching space for environmental economics, business, law, and policy education.

     

    Student Computing Facility5. Student Computing Facility (SCF) (#3022)

    This 882-square-foot room on the third floor is the main computational facility for the master's program. Lab sections to complement the core curriculum are also held in this space. The room provides 41 computers, color and black-and-white printers, and a flatbed scanner. The computers in the lab, which carry a wide variety of software packages—including Microsoft Office 2000 Premium, statistical packages, modeling packages, GIS packages, and scientific visualization packages—are currently on a two-year replacement schedule, with half of the systems rotated out on an annual basis, to ensure that the SCF remains at the top of the technology curve

    Davidson Student Commons

    6. Davidson Student Commons (#3330) ENDOWED

    Located on the third floor of Bren Hall, this 880-square-foot commons room has large, east-facing windows that look into the courtyard below. Recycled and sustainable materials were used in the casework and furnishings, energy-efficient lighting is found throughout, and the metal artwork is made from recycled materials. The primary function of the commons is to serve as a resource for Bren master's students working on their Group Projects. With nine individual workstations adjacent to informal study and lounge areas, the venue is well-suited to both research and team collaboration.

    This commons has been named and endowed with a gift of $300,000 from UCSB alumnus Jim Davidson '90.

    7. Reading Room (#3317): This 477-square-foot room on the third floor houses journals and publications relevant to teaching and research at the Bren School, as well as documents used for students’ final theses. It also provides a quiet study space for students, staff, and faculty.


    Reading Room

    8. Seminar Room (#1424): Located on the first floor next to the Colloquium Room, this 1,293-square-foot space accommodates approximately 70 people and is used for special lectures and symposia. Its projection screens and audio-visual equipment also permit the simulcast of presentations to overflow crowds from events occurring in the adjacent Colloquium Room.


    Seminar Room

    9. Sycamore Conference Room (#1510): This 506-square-foot room is located on the first floor of Bren Hall, just off the central courtyard. It can accommodate up to 25 people at desks, or up to 22 people around a center table. It has a motorized screen, data projector, DVD, VCR, audio inputs, a computer, a podium, and an Internet connection. The room is used for meetings and presentations by corporate partners, students, and faculty, and also serves as a teaching space for graduate students and executive programs.


    Sycamore Conference Room

    10. Oak Conference Room (#1520): This 360-square-foot conference room on the first floor provides meeting and presentation space for corporate partners, students, faculty, and staff, and is also a teaching space for graduate students and executive programs.

     


    Oak Conference Room

    Dean's Conference Room11. Dean's Conference Room (#2436): This 560-square-foot conference room on the second floor adjacent to the dean’s suite of offices serves corporate partners, faculty, staff, and students for meetings and presentations. Glass doors open onto the Deckers Outdoor Corporation Terrace just outside, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean (see 15, below). The conference room can seat 20 to 30 people in a horseshoe configuration; flexible table design allows for other configurations as well. The room has a motorized screen, data projector, DVD, VCR, a computer, a podium, audio inputs, and an Internet connection.

    Edison International Visitors Center12. Edison International Visitors Center — ENDOWED: The light-filled 584-square-foot gathering space on the first floor of Bren Hall was completely refurbished in 2011, thanks to a generous gift from Edison International/Southern California Edison. The Visitor Center is the starting point for all tours of the building and contains "touch tanks" of recycled materials found in the building, a work table, seating for small groups, and an interactive touch screen equipped with "dashboard" technology that provides information on such sustainability topics as green buildings, energy, water, transportation, and life cycle assessment. Visitors can take self-guided or scheduled guided tours of Bren Hall. The Visitor Center is an informal area in which to gather for receptions before and after special events in the Colloquium and Seminar Rooms or on the Deckers Outdoor Corporation Terrace.


    Executive Offices Hallway

    13. Executive Offices: Located on the second floor, this suite comprises ten offices, a kitchen, a reception area, the dean's office, and the Dean's Conference Room (see 11, above). Additional offices for administrative staff are located along the northern and eastern sides of the second floor.


    Michael J. Connell Memorial Courtyard

    14. Michael J. Connell Memorial Courtyard — ENDOWED: Conference, class, and meeting rooms open onto this 5,727-square-foot open-air courtyard. Benches shaded by native California sycamore trees offer an inviting environment for study and interaction. Planters serve to shape the space while providing additional seating in a pleasant, light-filled natural setting. The Connell Courtyard is also an ideal venue for large groups to hold receptions or meals when convening for conferences. The courtyard has been named to honor a gift of more than $17 million from the Michael J. Connell Fund to support the highest priorities of the Bren School in perpetuity.

    15. Deckers Outdoor Corporation Terrace ENDOWED:  Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the second floor, this 1,545-square-foot patio terrace adjacent to the suite of executive offices is a spectacular venue for events and interaction. The terrace can accommodate up to 80 people at meals, using ten round tables that seat eight each. The terrace has been named and endowed with a gift of more than $1 million from Deckers Outdoor Corporation and an anonymous UC Santa Barbara alumnus to support graduate students and programs at the Bren School in perpetuity.


    Deckers Outdoor Corporation Terrace

    16. Interaction Area (#3328): This third-floor indoor/outdoor gathering space is located between the Davidson Student Commons and the Reading Room. Overlooking the courtyard, the outdoor balcony provides space for reading and informal meetings, while the galley, lockers, and a central table make the indoor space a hub of student activity. The large glass wall allows natural light to stream indoors.


    Interaction Area

    Interaction Deck

    17. Interaction Deck (left): This spacious third-floor terrace located across from the Interaction Area overlooks the central courtyard. It's planters double as benches, and recently added tables and chairs have made it a popular multipurpose outdoor gathering area.

    2nd Floor Campus-View Bridge (North)

    18. 2nd Floor Campus-View Bridge (North): With its circular table, dry-erase boards and seating for eight, the open-air interaction area on the north bridge is a heavily used outdoor classroom, meeting, study, and interaction area for Bren students, staff, and faculty.


    2nd Floor Ocean View Bridge (South)

    19. 2nd Floor Ocean View Bridge (South):This ocean view bridge is located in a highly visible area near the entrance to the Dean's Suite. With its circular table, dry-erase boards and seating for eight, the open-air interaction area on the south bridge is a heavily used outdoor classroom, meeting, study, and interaction area for Bren students, staff, and faculty.


    2nd Floor Ocean-Facing Bridge (Northeast)

    20. 2nd Floor Ocean-Facing Bridge (Northeast): Facing the ocean with a circular table, dry-erase boards and seating for eight, the open-air space on the 2nd-floor northeast bridge is a heavily used outdoor classroom, meeting, study, and interaction area for Bren students, staff, and faculty.


    3rd Floor Ocean-View Bridge (Northeast)

    21. 3rd Floor Ocean-View Bridge (Northeast): Located on the same floor as many faculty offices and with an ocean view, a circular table, dry-erase boards and seating for eight, the open-air space on the 3rd-floor northeast bridge is a heavily used outdoor classroom, meeting , study, and interaction area for Bren students, staff, and faculty.

    2nd-Floor Exterior Contemplation Alcoves

    22, 23, 24. 2nd-Floor Exterior
    Contemplation Alcove
    s: Each of the three side-by-side alcoves (left) has a bench surrounded by planters, providing an ideal space for conversation and contemplation.