We will be adding updates to the beginning of this news post as they become available. Information in newer announcements supersedes information in older announcements.
May 4th update
The Bay Area’s shelter-in-place guidelines have now been extended through May 31.
Based on Campus’s guidance around reduced campus operations continuing into the summer, we will not be offering Maker Pass access this summer. The Jacobs team will continue to utilize our Makerspace and technical resources to support critical research, and hope to expand to support course work and general research, as guidelines allow. Remote maker resources still available this summer- Virtual Workshops and remote office hours with our technical team will continue into the summer session. Because the Maker Pass program is not running this summer, we will not have a summer Maker Pass Announcements mailing list. Instead, we will send all makerspace-related updates to the general Jacobs student community mailing list. Sign up for it here.
April 6th update
Following guidance from state, county, and campus leaders, the Jacobs Hall makerspace will remain closed for the semester. Due to the unforeseen closure, the Jacobs Institute will be refunding 50% of the semester access fee to all spring 2020 Maker Pass holders; please visit this page for future information.
March 16th update
Based on today’s shelter-in-place announcement for the campus and Alameda County, Jacobs Hall will be fully closed starting tomorrow, Tuesday 3/17 through at least Tuesday, 4/7. This decision covers the entire building, including the makerspace, teaching studios, meeting rooms, and staff offices.
This development means that we will not be able to facilitate Jacobs Hall makerspace access for materials pick-up as previously communicated. Please rest assured that, regardless of when the shelter-in-place is lifted, we will not be removing any materials from the space until everyone has a chance to reclaim stored items.
As the situation continues to progress, we will work to keep you up to date on any changes that will affect the Jacobs Institute community via email and this news post.
March 14th update
The following is a message from Bjoern Hartmann, the Faculty Director of the Jacobs Institute:
As all of you are aware there are serious and rising concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
Under guidance from campus leadership and with support from the College of Engineering, we are closing all Jacobs Hall makerspace access starting 3/14. We will remain closed at least through the end of Spring Break, 3/29, and will send another update by that date.
We don’t take this step lightly, but it is necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and their families and communities.
Our decision is aligned with similar actions taken in other student shops and workspaces across campus.
We are grateful for the staff support that has enabled the lab to operate over the past week and look forward to a time when we can come together and celebrate the creative spirit of making again soon.
Be safe and remain creative!
We have arranged for Maker Pass holders to pick up any work left at Jacobs Hall during the following times:
During the closure period, please be reminded that remote design consultation for Maker Pass holders with our Design Specialists is still available here.