University of California Merced 2020 Student Housing

Merced, CA

Project Description

The University of California (UC), Merced, set audacious goals for its campus buildout, a dynamic, mixed-use expansion of approximately 790,000 assignable square feet (ASF) / 1.2 million gross square feet (GSF) of critically needed facilities to support a population of 10,000 students by the year 2020. This will roughly double the physical capacity of the campus and will provide a way for UC Merced to address existing academic and student life needs as well as enable enrollment growth.

The development team Plenary Projects Merced (PPM) — a consortium of design, engineering, construction, maintenance, operations and financial partners, anchored by lead developer Plenary Group — responded with a compact, environmentally sensitive design that facilitates the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service. This new 24/7 “live-learn” campus will be an inspiring place that enhances the university setting, encourages spontaneous interaction, enables interdisciplinary collaboration and welcomes the wider community. The effort includes 13 LEED Gold certified buildings plus infrastructure and will be delivered in three phases.