The site landscape assessment below provides a site description and identifies the current and future use of the Campanile Way/Sather Road intersection.
Sather Road, with a view towards Sophomore Lawn and the previous Botanical Garden/Glass Conservatory (ca. 1912).
Campanile Way extends from South Hall Road on the east to the 1908 Bridge on the west and includes the landscaped areas along the road, up to the facades of the adjacent buildings. Although it is intended as a pedestrian corridor, the historical character of Campanile Way has been compromised with vehicular use and wide expanses of pavement.
Sather Road begins on its southern end at Sather Gate and runs north, concluding at Moffitt Library. It is defined on the east and west by four buildings designed by John Galen Howard - the paired groupings of California Hall and Durant Hall on the west and Doe Memorial Library and Wheeler Hall on the east. Sophomore Lawn, located between Doe Memorial Library and California Hall, expresses the elevation change between these buildings.
Current Uses and Patterns of Activities
Pedestrians and delivery/service vehicles are the primary users of Campanile Way. Conflicts occur between the high volume of vehicles using the corridor and the heavy pedestrian use during peak daytime hours. Campanile Way also provides a strong view corridor to the east, with views of the Campanile, and to the west, with views to the Golden Gate. Underlaying this corridor is a complex network of underground campus utilities.
Sather Road is the primary north-south pedestrian corridor connecting the center of the campus with the busy Sproul Plaza area and the southern egress into the city of Berkeley environment. The road also serves as a emergency vehicle route into the central campus and is an integral part of the night safety route for students.
Desired (Future) Uses and Patterns of Activities
The New Century Plan calls for enhancing Campanile Way and orienting it for primarily pedestrian use, while retaining the size and proportion of the corridor. The proposed plan for the area would restrict service parking and potentially consolidate it into a designated parking area on the current site of South Hall Annex. The underground utilities are retained.
The New Century Plan retains Sather Road as a busy crossroads of pedestrian traffic and an emergency vehicle access point to and through the campus. The proposed recommendations in the New Century Plan and Landscape Master Plan call for physical improvements to the road, addressing hardscape and planting issues only.