The 2020 Project is an ambitious initiative to develop and finance the next phase of capital projects at the University of California, Merced. As envisioned, 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 for 10,000 students. You can take a virtual tour, see what's being built, and stay up-to-date with the latest 2020 news right here.
First Building Open to Students
In the Fall 2018 we celebrated the opening of the first three buildings of the Merced 2020 Project. This includes over 700 new student beds, a 600-seat multipurpose dining facility, new classrooms and 940 new parking spaces. Construction continues on the 10 additional buildings that will open over the next two years, which will provide further housing, research facilities andrecreational space for students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the Dining Pavilion, the first phase of the 2020 Project delivered two new residence halls, Glacier Point and Granite Pass. These new residence halls, built above first-floor classrooms and student life space, are the first of more housing to come that will provide opportunities to encourage campus community engagement.
In an effort to further integrate education into the daily life of students, the School of Natural Sciences (SNS) is piloting Living Learning Communities, where students live with others who share their interests or scholarly pursuits. Research shows that such programs improve student retention rates. With 1,000 new beds in the final delivery of the 2020 Project, plans are underway to establish additional living learning communities as we continue to innovate and grow. We anticipate the School of Engineering (SOE) and School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) will create additional living learning communities to provide more students the opportunity to participate in programming dedicated to their academic interests.
It goes without saying that UC Merced’s successes are a direct reflection of the energy and commitment of our students, faculty and staff. The Division of Finance and Administration remains committed to ensuring excellence and effectiveness in providing services to the campus community as we continue to deliver on the 2020 project and beyond.