COVID-19 + Maker Pass Updates

March 16, 2020 | 7:56 pm

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.

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.