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Company Overview of University of California, Merced (UC Merced)

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University of California, Merced (UC Merced) is an educational institution that offers courses in computer science and engineering, environmental engineering, biological sciences, earth systems sciences, social and behavioral sciences, world cultures, and history. It also provides certificate and professional development courses. The institution was founded in 1988 and is based in Merced, California and has additional campuses at Fresno and Bakersfield.University of California, Merced operates as a subsidiary of The University of California System.

4225 North Hospital Road

Building 1200

Atwater, CA 95301

United States

Founded in 1988



Key Executives for University of California, Merced (UC Merced)

Chancellor and Trustee
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Interim Vice Chancellor of University Relations
Chief Information Officer
Interim Dean of the School of Engineering
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

University of California, Merced (UC Merced) Key Developments

The University of California, Merced Kicks Off Historic $1.3 Billion Expansion

The University of California, Merced, broke ground on the largest expansion project in campus history. The four-year Merced 2020 Project will add approximately 1.2 million gross square feet of teaching, research, residential and student-support facilities to the existing campus by 2020. The first phase of new buildings is scheduled for completion in 2018. UC Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano, UC President Janet Napolitano, UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland, U.S. Rep. Jim Costa, California Assembly member Adam Gray, officials from the City and County of Merced and representatives from Plenary Properties Merced (PPM) and Webcor " the development team " drove the symbolic first shovels. The groundbreaking marks the start of construction of an unprecedented $1.3 billion public-private partnership approved by the UC Board of Regents in July. The one-time economic benefit of the project will be an estimated $1.9 billion in the San Joaquin Valley and $2.4 billion statewide. The project is expected to create thousands of jobs, especially in construction, and hundreds of permanent new campus positions as the university expands, according to economic impact studies commissioned by the university. The expansion coincides with burgeoning demand to attend UC Merced. Last year, the campus received more than 22,000 undergraduate applications for 2,100 spots, and applications continue to increase each year as the campus gains in popularity. UC Merced is also becoming known nationally, receiving recognition from top publications and organizations. Only a decade after opening, UC Merced has already been listed among the top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report " by far the youngest university to appear in the annual rankings. The campus has also been recognized by Sierra Club's "Cool Schools" list for its commitment to sustainable design and operations, and was ranked fifth in the nation by Washington Monthly for the social mobility it provides to its students. The expansion will enable the campus to continue its path-breaking research in fields as diverse as social justice, climate change, solar energy and drone technology. The new construction is designed to foster the interdisciplinary collaboration for which UC Merced is becoming known. The campus's growth project is structured as a type of public-private partnership with a single private developer, PPM, responsible for design, construction, operation, maintenance and partial financing of all new facilities over the 39-year term of the contract. The development model leverages limited public funds with private investment and expertise, while meeting UC Merced's exacting requirements for quality, functionality, flexibility and sustainability. The project development team of PPM includes Plenary Group, lead developer, equity provider and financial arranger; Webcor Construction LP, lead contractor; Skidmore Owings & Merrill Inc., lead campus planner; and Johnson Controls Inc., lead operations and management firm.

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