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News Posted on March 9, 2010

King Hall Expansion Wing Set for June Occupancy, Project Website Launches

WireframeConstruction of King Hall's new east wing is on schedule, and preparations are under way for the Law School to occupy the facility in June, with the renovation of the existing building--the King Hall you remember--set to begin as soon as the expansion wing is completed.  Meanwhile, to help keep you informed, UC Davis School of Law has launched a new website devoted to the King Hall Expansion and Restoration.

Featuring comprehensive information on the project's purpose and progress, floor plans, a "time-lapse" video, an honor roll of donors, design renderings, live webcams, a photo gallery, Senior Assistant Dean Adam Talley's Building Blog, and much more, is the best source for up-to-date information on the King Hall Expansion and Renovation.  Visit the site by clicking the "Our New Building" button on the Law School website's home page, or via the link below.

On the construction site, the contractor is busy completing the metal panel systems on the exterior façade of the expansion wing and beginning to install cedar panels on the courtyard façade.  The first exterior doors are in place at the new second floor balcony overlooking the courtyard and the new faculty wing entry from the UC Davis Arboretum.  Soon the contractor will begin laying granite pavers and benches in the new enclosed courtyard.

Inside, workers have begun to install cherry woodwork in the faculty lounge and public spaces, and crews are finishing painting and hanging pendant and sconce lighting.  The restrooms are mostly finished, with gray and white tiles, porcelain fixtures, and stainless steel partitions in place.  Campus and contractor crews are busily completing the telecommunication and electrical infrastructure.  Interior relites, the windows next to nearly all the doors in our new building, are installed. 

As the Law School prepares for the move into the expansion wing, construction documents for the renovation of the existing King Hall are being finalized.  The renovation will touch every space within King Hall, renovating classrooms, adding three new reading rooms and a dozen group study rooms, creating a new grand entrance for the Mabie Law Library, and expanding and consolidating student spaces in the new Student Activity Center, with new spaces for the student organization and journal offices, the Judy Campos McKeehan '74 Memorial Student Lounge, Russell Jura '74 Student Locker Alcoves, and the Nancy Coan Torres '86 and Michael Torres Perfect Care Tender Co-Op.  The renovation will also upgrade finishes so the paint, floors, doors, interior relites, ceilings, and lighting fixtures in the renovated King Hall match those of the expansion wing.  Accessibility, heating and air, telecommunication and data, and life-safety systems also will be upgraded.

The Law School expects to put the renovation work out to bid later this spring and have a contractor selected before Commencement, with construction starting August 2010.

The Law School is still working to raise $2.6 million toward an overall campaign goal of $8 million in order to full realize the potential of the renovation phase of the project.  Please consider making a gift to the King Hall Expansion and Renovation project today at

King Hall Expansion and Renovation website