Client University of California, Merced

Science & Engineering Building

Merced, California

The University of California, Merced, is the first University of California campus of the 21st Century. The Science and Engineering Building houses engineering and natural sciences and is flexibly designed with modular lab components to accommodate evolving areas in scientific and engineering research. Designed to accommodate faculty, research, and instructional labs, space commitments include wet and dry lab spaces for faculty research, 24 classroom labs, enclosed lab support zones for researchers, and functional support spaces that serve the entire building. Unique features include a vivarium, computer lab, machine shop and scholarly activity rooms.

A green design goal of LEED Gold was accomplished with a variety of sustainability features including the use of daylighting into the office environments, architectural shading devices to reduce both heat load and glare, occupancy sensors to control operation of power consuming systems, and a ventilation air precooling system. These efforts are expected to reduce the annual energy use of this building by 29 percent.

At a glance

174,000 SF

LEED Gold Design

24 Classroom Labs


Multi-Disciplinary Laboratory Spaces


Consultant Coordination

Sustainable Design


Design Development

Contract Administration

Contract Documents


annual energy use reduction due to LEED design.


A solar water heating system on the roof covers all of the building’s hot water needs.


of the materials used in the building’s construction are recycled or reclaimed.