Students, faculty and staff of the University of California, Merced recently held a “topping out” event to celebrate the last steel beam going into the framework of the university’s new Classroom and Office Building 2.
“This is Sundt’s third project with UC Merced, and we look forward to continuing our great relationship as the university continues to expand over the next 10 years,” said Sundt Vice President Teri Jones. “Not only will this facility deliver much-needed space for the school’s rapidly growing student population, but it also will provide a collaborative learning environment that’s in line with the university’s academic vision.”
When completed in early 2016, the $39 million, university construction project will increase campus classroom seats by 26 percent. Designed by architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the state-of-the-art facility is approximately 77,000 square feet and includes 120-seat, 150-seat and 210-seat sloped-floor lecture halls, two 90-seat, flat-floor lecture halls, classrooms, dry laboratories, offices and other support spaces.