Valley Life Sciences Building

Valley Life Sciences Building

The Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB) was 1 of 4 building projects (Life Sciences Building, Life Sciences Addition, Koshland Hall, North West Animal Facility) undertaken to revitalize the biological sciences on the UC Berkeley Campus. The VLSB was the most ambitious. It was constructed in 1930—considered to be state-of-the-art—and was completely gutted and reconstructed on the interior.

The reorganization eliminated 11 traditional departments, (Botany, Biochemistry, Genetics, Zoology...) forming 3 new departments: Integrative Biology, Molecular & Cell Biology, and Plant Biology.

Building Contact

Building Manager: Adam Doban

Contact for general building maintenance and repairs, phone orders, keys, key card, bike cage access, asset management, grounds, core equipment/environmental rooms, custodial, pest control, moves, asset disposal, security, lab startup/close out, and minor/major renovations.

BDS Health and Safety Officer – Facilities Manager: Derek Apodaca

Contact for general health and safety issues, training/access forms, inspections, permits, reporting, emergency response, CPR/AED, lab startup/close out,  major renovations, capital projects, liaison with Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Facilities Services and Letters and Sciences Facilities Office, also building issues when Adam not available.

Who do you call for other VLSB issues?

BDS Facilities Primer

For a comprehensive table of where to find it and how to get it done in IB, MCB, or VLSB see the BDS Primer.

Safety Resources

Reserving & Renting Space in VLSB

Seminar Room Reservations - for IB, VLSB, and campus members
Rent or use VLSB facilities - for individuals or groups deemed by the Department to be consistent with the research and educational mission of IB
IB's Fees

Building Policies

Maps & Building Information

VLSB Departments & Centers

VLSB houses the following units and support facilities:

VLSB History

The Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB) was 1 of 4 building projects (Life Sciences Building, Life Sciences Addition, Genetics & Plant Biology Building, North West Animal Facility) undertaken to revitalize the biological sciences on the UC Berkeley Campus. The VLSB was the most ambitious. It was originally constructed in 1930—considered to be state-of-the-art—and was completely gutted and reconstructed on the interior.

The reorganization eliminated 11 traditional departments, e.g., Botany, Biochemistry, Genetics, Zoology, and formed 3 new departments: Integrative Biology, Molecular & Cell Biology, and Plant Biology.

Read more VLSB History