Work Begins on $40M UCR Science Building
February 18, 2003

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RIVERSIDE, CA-Construction has begun on a $40-million, 135,000-sf science building at the University of California at Riverside that will house laboratories, conference rooms and other facilities.

According to Michael F. Ross, the principal in charge of the project for the Los Angeles office of Minneapolis-based HGA Architects, the new facility will help to meet increasing demand for laboratory space at the university, which is growing rapidly and help to build the chemistry research program as well.

The four-story structure will be called Physical Sciences Building 1 and will house 65 to 70 laboratories, along with conference facilities and faculty and graduate student offices. Ross called it "a facility that will attract and retain nationally recognized scientists to the area."

The laboratories will include teaching facilities and nuclear magnetic resonance labs in addition to the chemistry labs. Ross noted the project included the review of six construction bids, which were within 4.5% of each other, and all were under budget.

The new building is expected to be completed in September 2004. It will be located directly opposite the Science Library, part of what the university calls the Science Precinct area of its campus.

In addition to Ross, the HGA project team includes Deeing Chu and John Jack McQuown. Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects of Boston serves as associate architect for design. The general contractor is Pinner Construction Co. of Anaheim, CA. Local consultants on the project include Syska Hennessy Group and RBA Partners, both based in Los Angeles; Saiful/Bouquet of Pasadena; Katherine Spitz & Associates of Marina Del Rey; and Martin Newson & Associates of Santa Monica.