UC Irvine Announces Sustainable Active Learning Plan in the Heart of Campus

UC Irvine Announces Sustainable Active Learning Plan in the Heart of Campus

Courtesy of LMN Architects

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The University of California, Irvine, has selected LMN Architects and Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction to design and build a new $ 46 million classroom and office building project. In the central green area of ​​the campus, the new 70,000 square meter building will encourage diversity, group learning and social interaction.

LMN’s creative approach to unlocking the website and reorganizing the program resulted in a bold design solution that improves the overall experience for students and faculty, said Brian Pratt, architect of the UCI campus, LEED AP. We look forward to the results.

The design consists of three main dimensions. Two floors of lecture halls are to be set up in an elliptical pavilion, the seating arrangements of which are particularly suitable for group work. The pavilion will anchor the entrance spaces with an outside loggia to reach a pedestrian level, while vertical windows wash the interior with a vivid sheen. A three-story classroom wing is framed by a student mixing hall that is bathed in natural light and filters through the outer sun protection grille. A number of common areas within the building offer views of the extensive landscape. Finally, a bridge with vertical circulation and collecting spaces connects these two structures.

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Based on best design and value, the UCI system provides a unique opportunity for flexibility and creativity in the design process, said Rashmi Mehta, senior vice president of Hathaway Dinwiddie. They have developed one of the most advanced design-build practices in the industry that has resulted in high quality, yet affordable, sustainable architecture on their campus.

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Indeed, sustainability was at the center of this proposal, which aims to become the 15th platinum LEED building on a campus that has received the Sierra Club’s Greenest University award for the first two years in a row. The project will be the latest in the design-build collaboration between LMN Architects and Hathaway Dinwiddie, which also resulted in the recently completed expansion of the Paul Merage School of Business and the classroom of the Continuing Education Department on the UCI campus.

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