COVID-19 + Maker Pass Updates

July 30, 2020 | 10:56 am

We will be adding updates to the beginning of this news post as they become available. Information in newer announcements supersedes the information in older announcements.

July 30th Update

The Makerspace will remain closed to non-essential community members for the Fall 2020 semester. We remain dedicated to supporting research, our Design Innovation courses and students, and other members of the Jacobs Design Community at this time. To do so we have set-up a job shop model for project facilitation and support, which will be managed by our Design Specialists. The full details on how to apply and gain access can be found on our Makerspace Access During COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place page.


June 29th Update

For the Fall semester, access to the Makerspace will be limited to Research Maker Pass holders, DES INV course projects, and Innovations Catalysts grantee projects. Due to limited staffing and social distancing space constraints, this access will also be limited to a job shop model where projects are submitted to, and fabricated by, our technical staff. Students will have the ability to meet remotely with technical staff, and arrange for remote pick-up for their parts.

For project mentorship, students can also continue to schedule remote office hours with Design Specialists. For a resource list of alternative fabrication resources in the Bay Area, please visit the Making at UC Berkeley map.


May 26th Update

The Bay Area’s shelter-in-place guidelines will continue until further notice, in compliance with the City of Berkeley, our main public health authority that governs campus operations. In addition to the City of Berkeley, we are also working under guidance from Alameda County, the State of California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal bodies, and the UC Office of the President. We will continue to update this news post at more information becomes available.


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:

  • Tuesday 3/17 10 AM-3 PM
  • Wednesday 3/18 10 AM-3 PM

During the closure period, please be reminded that remote design consultation for Maker Pass holders with our Design Specialists is still available here.