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Project History and Timeline

UC Merced solar panel

The Merced 2020 Project is the product of significant planning among campus, system and community stakeholders.

Merced 2020 was conceptualized in 2012, broke ground in Fall 2016 and will be completed by Fall 2020.






  • Spring/Summer: Campus staff develops initial development program based on input from students, faculty, staff and best practices.
  • Winter: Campus issues Request for Proposals (RFP) from prequalified teams.


  • Spring: Students, faculty and staff provide input to each of the prequalified teams through one-on-one sessions.  
  • Spring: Prequalified teams submit proposals
  • Spring: Plenary Properties Merced proposal selected.
  • Summer: UC Board of Regents approves project budget.
  • Fall: Formal groundbreaking occured on October 14, 2016 in the South Bowl. 

Fall 2018: "First Delivery" of four new facilities

First delivery includes 700 new student beds, a 600-seat multipurpose dining facility, new classrooms and 940 new parking spaces. It is 161,000 assignable square feet in size.

Fall 2019: "Second Delivery" of three new facilities

Second delivery includes a new wet-laboratory, computational laboratory buildings with faculty offices, and an outdoor competition field. It is 150,800 assignable square feet in size.

Fall 2020: "Subtantial Completion" with the addition of nine new facilities

Substantial Completion includes a new wet-lab building with faculty offices and classrooms, 980 new beds in student housing, 630 new parking spaces, a conference center, a dedicated transit hub for buses, a new wellness center, an enrollment center, expansion of the existing Early Childhood Education Center, a swimming pool, three tennis courts and four basketball courts. It is 478,000 assignable square feet in size.

  • Lab 3A: A wet and dry laboratory building designed by SOM.
  • Lab 3A2: A research greenhouse designed by SOM.

  • Housing 3C: An undergraduate residence hall with multi-use student organization and activity space, retail space and classrooms designed by Page Southerland Page.

  • Housing 3DAn undergraduate residence hall with multi-use student organization and activity space, retail space and classrooms designed by Page Southerland Page.

  • Early Childhood Education Center 3F: An expansion of the Early Childhood Education Center designed by HOK that will add two preschool classrooms and support spaces.

  • Conference Center 3G: A multipurpose conference center for students, faculty and staff designed by SOM.

  • Academic Leadership Office/Student Enrollment Center 3HA student enrollment center, campus store, gallery and academic leadership office designed by WRNS Studio

  • Competition Swimming Pool 3K: A competition-level swimming pool designed by HOK.

  • Wellness 3MA student wellness center designed by HOK, which includes space for counseling, disability and psychological services as well as lockers and coaches offices to support adjacent recreation facilities. 

  • Facility 3N: Two Outdoor Recreation Fields