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UC Merced

2020 Project

University of California, Merced

Merced, California

Client: SOM, WRNS Studio, HOK, Page Southerland, Page/Mahlum

Building Size: 1.2 million gsf

Certifications: LEED Gold Goal and LEED Platinum Certified

UC Merced is nearly doubling their campus’ capacity by 2020. The expansion will add 1.2 million gross square feet of teaching research, student housing, dining and student-support facilities to the existing campus. Student Housing Building 1A/3B is LEED Platinum Certified and it’s the first UC Merced 2020 Campus project to receive a LEED certification.

Some of the strategies employed are:

  • Variable Air Volume Control Systems
  • Cascading Air Flow Systems
  • Heat Recovery Systems
  • Lab Air Control Systems
  • Daylighting Systems
  • Low Flow Plumbing Systems
  • Thermal Storage


  • Dining Hall 1-D, 34,700 sf
  • Student Housing 1-A, 101,400 sf / LEED Platinum Certified
  • Student Housing 1-B, 151,600 sf
  • Student Housing 3-C, 117,100 sf
  • Student Housing 3-D, 125,000 sf
  • Mixed Lab 2-A, 163,700 sf
  • Comp & Studio Lab 2-B, 86,700 sf
  • Mixed Lab 3-A, 265,700 sf
  • Greenhouse 3-A2, 2,500 sf
  • Early Childhood 3-F, 7,100 sf
  • Conference Center 3-G, 24,700 sf
  • ALO/Enrollment 3-H, 67,500 sf
  • Wellness/Aquatics/Athletics 3-M, 28,900 sf
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