A three-story, 103,000-square-foot laboratory and research building project got under way this spring at the University of California, Merced. Called the Science and Engineering Building 2 and designed by Smith Group JJR, it will complete the academic core around the campus quad. General contractor McCarthy Building Companies is managing the $88 million project, as well as the $10 million Recreation Center North project, a 19,000-square-foot facility designed by WRNS Studio, which recently had its final structural beam put in place. Both projects are part of a major expansion effort at UC Merced to showcase environmentally sustainable construction; the science building will seek LEED Platinum certification. Both are expected to open in 2012.
St. Edward’s University (Texas) broke ground on the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences and Technology Center-South, which has an anticipated fall 2013 opening. The $22 million, 56,000-square-foot building will house computer science, mathematics, physics, and general science classrooms, advanced computer and math labs, and a 126-seat auditorium.
Corning Community College (N.Y.) held a groundbreaking in April for its first student residence hall. The three-story, $16 million building will include 84 suites and room for 322 students when it opens in fall 2013. With public funds not allowed for the project, the Corning Community College Development Foundation privately financed the project through local banking institutions. Of the 30 State University of New York community colleges, approximately 23 currently provide student housing or are considering doing so.