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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 Platinum Certified

UC Merced nearly doubled their campus’ capacity. The expansion added 1.2 million gross square feet of teaching research, laboratories, student housing, dining and student-support facilities to the existing campus. Eleven buildings are LEED Platinum Certified making UC Merced the first public university in the U.S. to achieve this level of sustainability.

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


  • Mixed Lab 2-A, 163,700 sf
  • Arts and Computational Sciences, 98,000 sf
  • Mixed Lab 3-A, 265,700 sf
  • Pavilion Dining Hall 1-D, 34,700 sf
  • Student Housing 1-A/3B, 110,000 sf
  • Student Housing 1-B, 164,000 sf
  • Student Housing 3-C, 127,000 sf
  • Student Housing 3-D, 131,000 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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