A Campus for Living and Learning

The 2020 Project will deliver a dynamic, mixed-use expansion for students, faculty and staff.

The 2020 Project

An ambitious initiative to cost-effectively and rapidly add new capital facilities to the University of California, Merced

A Campus for 21st Century Research

The 2020 Project includes new teaching and research facilities that will advance UC Merced's academic goals.

A 21st Century Research University for 10,000 Students

The 2020 Project will provide significant amounts of new teaching and research facilities, housing, athletics and support space for UC Merced.  The ultimate result will be a vibrant, collaborative and sustainable campus that can accommodate 10,000 students.

Project Program

  • New Teaching Facilities, Research Laboratories and Faculty Offices
  • 1,700 new beds of Student Housing
  • Transit hub and 1,500 parking spaces
  • Recreation, dining and student life amenities including an NCAA-II level swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, an outdoor competition field, and a wellness center
  • New campus entrance at Bellevue Road
  • Conference Center
  • Approximately 1.2 million GSF
  • Mixed-use and collaborative
  • LEED Gold minimum
  • Complete by Fall 2020

Project Timeline

Fall 2016: Groundbreaking Ceremony
Friday, October 14, 2016, 1 p.m., South Bowl. Please RSVP here

Fall 2018: First Delivery
700 new student housing beds, 600-seat Dining Facility, classrooms and 940 parking spaces 

Fall 2019: Second Delivery
Wet Laboratory building and Computational Laboratory building with faculty offices, and NCAA-II level outdoor competition field

Fall 2020: Substantial Completion
New Wet Laboratory building with faculty offices and classrooms, research greenhouse, 980 new beds of Student Housing, 630 new parking spaces, Conference Center, dedicated Transit Hub for buses, new Wellness Center, Enrollment Center, expansion of existing Early Childhood Education Center, Competition Swimming Pool, 3 Tennis Courts, and 4 Basketball Courts 

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Project Site

Learn more about the site where the 2020 Project will be developed.

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Have a question or comment?

Please email the team at construction2020@ucmerced.edu


Construction Advisories

Advisory 4: Wooden footbridge and unpaved path will be closed beginning September 23, 2016

Construction hours begin at 7 a.m. Please be mindful of all construction-related signage and fenced areas.  These are placed for your safety. Click here for the latest updates on campus impacts related to its development.

The 2020 Project is a major four-year construction project to improve our campus.  The development team is committed to keeping the safety of students, faculty, staff, construction workers and the community a top priority.  We appreciate your patience. 

Quick Links

Multimedia and Rendering Gallery

Upcoming 2020 Project public presentations

Download a map of the post-2020 campus

Project Funding Sources and Budget

Meet the Project Development Team


Doing business with the Project

Firms interested in providing goods or services for the 2020 Project development team are encouraged to contact the team directly


Join the team of professionals working to deliver the 2020 Project 

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