Walking through the University of California, Berkeley campus, a Stanford student may be struck by déjà vu. Some of the building names on the two campuses are identical — but does it boil down to mere coincidence? Looking closely, the stories behind these building names are a reminder of the decades-long history that bonds us to our neighbors (and rivals) across the Bay.
1. Li Ka Shing
Each school has its own medically-focused Li Ka Shing building, named after the business magnate and philanthropist Li Ka-shing.
Berkeley named the Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences after Li donated $40 million for its construction in 2005. The 200,000-square foot building is currently home to research that investigates the root causes of diseases such as Alzheimers, cancer and tuberculosis. Li was awarded the Berkeley Medal for his financial contribution.
Stanford’s five-story Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge is the pedagogic heart of the School of Medicine. In use since 2010, the $90.2 million building houses classrooms, lecture halls and an immersive learning center with simulated examination and operating rooms. Li, whose eldest son studied at Stanford, has donated more than $37 million to the School of Medicine for a variety of projects through his Li Ka Shing Foundation charity.
Stanford students familiar with the Haas Center for Public Service may be surprised to find not one, but two Haas buildings on Berkeley’s campus.
The Bears’ business school and arena are named for a father and son pair. Berkeley’s Walter A. Haas School of Business is named in honor of the 1910 graduate and former president of Levi Strauss & Co. The school’s Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion, home to the school’s basketball, volleyball and gymnastics teams since 1999, was named for his second son. A
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