All staff, students, faculty and tenants are required to complete a brief electronic training about the history of the Richmond Field Station, information about the current remediation and restoration project, and safe work practices required to be followed by all members of the RFS community. This training should be completed by all new employees within the first week of hire.The Working at the Richmond Field Station is available for viewing through two mechanisms, one for UC Berkeley associated community members and the other for non-UC Berkeley tenants or members of other campuses.
For non-UC Berkeley affiliated community members (tenants) or student with no Calnet ID
2015-16 = 27.62" Richmond DWR RHL station. Note- this was an El Nino season with anticipated high rainfall totals which did not occur- it was more like a normal rainy season. See 2015-16 El Nino summary for Berkeley.
The Richmond Field Station is an academic teaching and research
off-site facility located 6 miles northwest of the UC Berkeley Central
Campus on the San Francisco Bay that has been used primarily for
large-scale engineering research since 1950. The 170-acre property
consists of 100-acres of uplands with the remainder being marsh
or bay lands.
The RFS property currently accommodates a range of research and
resource conservation values. With more than 500,000 assignable
square feet of research space, the site houses the eleven floor 7.4 million volumestorage capacity
Northern Regional Library Facility which serves as an archive for
lesser used books for four northern UC campuses, one of the world’s
largest earthquake shaking tables, sophisticated test facilities
for advanced transportation research, and a regional laboratory
for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The open areas of the Field Station are also prized for their research
and habitat value. The site contains one of the largest and best
preserved remaining areas of native coastal grasslands that were
once prevalent throughout the Bay Area. The adjacent stands of eucalyptus
provide a home for wintering monarch butterflies and nesting raptors.
The bay marsh and mudflats provide additional habitat for a variety
of flora and fauna, including the endangered California Clapper
Rail, as well as an opportunity for the Berkeley campus to use these
areas for teaching and research.
Art Practice Department
Focus of department has been on the teaching of fine arts in a studio
setting under the guidance and mentorship of professional artists.
RFS houses off campus graduate studios where there are spaces for
26 individual studios and a seminar room. Students have day access
to woodworking and machine shops located there.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has fifty
full-time faculty members and twenty-five staff dedicated to the
education of more than 250 undergraduate students and 360 graduate
students. The CEE laboratories for teaching and research are among
the best in the nation, providing opportunities for hands-on experience
for all students.
Earthquake Engineering Research Center
EERC is the organized research unit of the University of California,
Berkeley that provides support for multidisciplinary research in
earthquake engineering. Major projects include the Pacific Earthquake
and Engineering Research Center (PEER), the Network for Earthquake
Engineering Simulation (NEES), and the National Information Service
for Earthquake Engineering (NISEE).
Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research
PEER links researchers in earth sciences, engineering seismology,
engineering, architecture, economics, and public policy to bridge
gaps in knowledge so that new technologies can be developed and
implemented to achieve the diverse life-safety, economic, and
functional requirements of owners and society. PEER's mission
is to develop and disseminate technology for design and construction
of buildings and infrastructure to meet those diverse seismic
Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation
The US National Science Foundation has established NEES as a national,
networked collaboratory of geographically-distributed, shared-use
experimental research equipment sites. It specializes in earthquake
simulation of large-scale structural systems through real-time
integration of computer models and physical test specimens in
a configurable reaction wall facility.
The Ergonomics Program is affiliated with the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, a University of California umbrella organization that links faculty and research programs with research interest in occupational health from the Berkeley, Davis and San Francisco campuses. The Ergonomics Program conducts research to measure risk factors for chronic musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremities and to evaluate hand tools and other engineering solutions designed to prevent these disorders. A principal focus of research is on understanding hand and arm biomechanics during computer use. The Program has research, graduate training, continuing education and consulting components.
For more information see http://www.me.berkeley.edu/ergo/
Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS)
ITS is the oldest and largest of five transportation research groups
on the campus. It has supported transportation research at UC Berkeley
since 1948. About 50 faculty members, 50 staff researchers and more
than 100 graduate students take part in this multidisciplinary program.
ITS is home to (list only includes units with a presence at RFS):
Partnership for Advanced Traffic and
The PATH program researches and evaluates new technologies that
can reduce congestion in California's surface transportation system
and make it safer. It supports faculty-directed research at 14
universities in California and the rest of the country including
research by full-time staff at RFS.
Technology Transfer Program
Tech Transfer works as a program to help train some of the 3,000
engineers and planners recently hired by the California Department
of Transportation (Caltrans). Overall, Tech Transfer has trained
more than 4,000 professionals around the state and has taken part
in evaluating traffic safety engineering and enforcement programs
in 20 California communities.
Pavement Research Center (PRC)
The Pavement Research Center conducts research on ways to improve
pavement structures, materials and technologies, often in partnership
with other academic institutions and state departments of transportation,
as well as private industry. The center has many recent projects
in various areas of the state when it has worked collaboratively
with Caltrans, the Washington State Department of Transportation,
the University of Minnesota and others.
Transporation Sustainability Research Center Hydrogen Fueling Station. A hydrogenrefueling station to support the UC Berkeley Fuel Cell Vehicle Research Program’s development of zero-emission vehicles was completed and became operational in April 2011. The station is designed to meet the needs of a small fleet of fuel cell vehicles that will be tested and researched over the next several years.
Mechanical Engineering includes the science and art of the formulation,
design, development, and control of systems and components involving
thermodynamics, mechanics, fluid mechanics, mechanisms, and the
conversion of energy into useful work. The program of study includes
basic subjects common to all engineering fields, fundamental subjects
important to all mechanical engineers and specialization in one
or more phases of mechanical engineering.
Discoveries emerging from the ongoing research in the Robotics
Laboratory continue to refine the design and control of intelligent
robotic systems and automated machines. The laboratory houses
several robots and precision positioning devices, as well as computational
hardware for controlling and designing these devices.
The materials lab combines classical topics in design, controls
and materials processing with newer research techniques in Internet-based
CAD/CAM, rapid-prototyping, intelligent agents, computer graphics,
micro-fabrication, artificial intelligence, and sensors. Research
facilities are distributed throughout several laboratories, and
are staffed and directed by up to nine faculty members.
Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF
The NRLF is a cooperative library storage facility, the first of
its kind in California. It is owned and operated by the University
of California. The 98,000 square foot main building was completed
in 1982; a stack annex was completed in 1990. It offers high density,
low cost housing for infrequently used library materials belonging
to northern California libraries.
Richmond Field Station Operations Department
The operations department headquartered in B478, the former Forest Products Laboratory at the Main Gate, acts as the main hub for all administrative
and logistic issues at the Richmond Field Station.
Center for Occupational and Environmental
The Center's Continuing Education Program, located at the University
of California Berkeley, School of Public Health, offers a broad
range of accredited courses for practicing health and safety professionals.
The program draws upon faculty from throughout the Center as well
as nationally prominent guest instructors. Courses range from a
few hours to a week in length. Attendees include physicians, nurses,
occupational hygienists, safety professionals, and other professionals
interested in occupational health issues. The RFS training facilities
are utilized by the Asbestos and Lead training program.
UC Police (UCPD)
The UC Police Department maintains a 24 hour a day presence at RFS.
UCPD handles all patrol, investigation, crime prevention education,
emergency preparedness, and related law enforcement duties for the
campus community and operates seven days a week.
Non-UC Tenants or Organizations
Environmental Protection Agency (Region
9 Laboratory )
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect
human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working
for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. EPA
employs 18,000 people across the country.
The mission of the Watershed Project is to educate and inspire communities
to protect their local watersheds. The Watershed Project has innovative
programs in three main areas: workshops for educators and the general
public, support for creek protection groups, and a marsh and grassland
restoration project incorporating community support and education.
Since 1997, the Watershed Project (formerly the Aquatic Outreach
Institute) has assisted hundreds of teachers and thousands of students
in preventing pollution and protecting and restoring local natural
resources. They have involved thousands of members of the general
public in education, restoration, and outreach projects. By sharing
information on the environment in and around the San Francisco Bay--and
by providing citizens with the means to act on this information--the
Watershed Project empowers present and future stewards of the San
Francisco Bay with the confidence and skills they need to actively
participate in decisions affecting the protection and use of California
Stratacor is designed to provide technical support for the development
of topical pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Services are based
on extensive working knowledge of the multidisciplinary sciences
required to optimize topical delivery. Stratacor strives to understand
and satisfy the individual needs of each client.
Schlumberger is the leading oilfield services provider, trusted
to deliver superior results and improved E&P performance for oil
and gas companies around the world. Through our well site operations
and in our research and engineering facilities, we are working to
develop products, services and solutions that optimize customer
performance in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
The RFS is located 6 miles
northwest of the UC Berkeley Central Campus on the San Francisco
Bay. Currently, a 25-minute UC shuttle bus ride connects the property
to the Berkeley campus once every hour. The site has easy freeway
access to the larger bay area and excellent bay and city views.
The site is easily accessed on bicycle along the San Francisco Bay
Trail with access over Interstate 80 at the Berkeley bicycle and
From I-80/580 (From Berkeley, Oakland, or
After the Gilman Street exit, get in one of the two right lanes
and take I-580 toward the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Exit on Bayview
(second exit after the freeway splits). Go up the ramp and turn
left (toward the Bay) at the stoplight. Go straight at the stop
sign onto Meade Street. Pass the Zeneca facility and turn left on
South 47th Street (the second left). Immediately turn right and
stop at the RFS gate.
From I-80 (From Sacramento)
Take the Carlson Avenue exit. Turn right and go through the light
at South 55th Street. Turn left at the next light, Bayview. Go over
the freeway to the stop sign. Go straight at the stop sign onto
Meade Street and turn left on South 47th Street (the second left).
Immediately turn right and stop at the RFS gate.
From I-580 (From Marin County)
Take the Regatta Boulevard exit. Go straight through the light (onto
Meade) and along RFS. Take the next right on South 47th Street.
Immediately turn right again and stop at the RFS gate.
From the Berkeley Campus
Take Martin Luther King Way (which will change name to The Alameda)
and turn left on Marin Avenue. Take Marin across San Pablo and Jackson
Street and enter I-580 by following the sign toward Richmond (enter
carefully as the ramp enters from the left.). Exit on Bayview (second
exit). Go up the ramp and turn left (toward the bay) at the stoplight.
Go straight at the stop sign onto Meade Street. Pass the Zeneca
facility and turn left on South 47th Street (the second left). Immediately
turn right and stop at the RFS gate.
Access to RFS via UC-RFS Shuttle Bus (From Berkeley Campus)
The RFS shuttle bus starts at Hearst Mining with stops at Oxford
Street and University Avenue (near the UC Garage); the Berkeley
BART Station at Shattuck Avenue and Center Street; Albany Village
at Jackson Street and Buchanan Street. (From RFS campus)
From RFS to Berkeley, ask the Driver to stop at Shattuck Avenue
and walk south to BART and ends at Hearst Mining via Hearst Avenue.