The University of California, Merced, has received statements of qualifications from six teams for its massive 2020 Project. The RFQ closed on July 28.
The project will accommodate anticipated growth at the campus from its current 6,200 students to 10,000 students by 2020, through the design and construction of up to 1.85 million sq ft of new facilities, including academic and research space, 2,000 additional housing beds and mixed-use, recreation, dining and student-life buildings.
The UC Merced 2020 project will be built on the 219-acre campus site.
The project will also build out site utilities, infrastructure, roadways and landscaping. The selected team will provide comprehensive development, including the design, construction, financing and operation and maintenance.
The teams include: EP2, a group that includes Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, Plenary Group USA and Education Realty Trust, with Clark Construction Group as the lead contractor and SOM as lead planner; E3 2020, led by Balfour Beatty Investments, with the firm’s general contracting arm as lead contractor in a joint venture with Sundt Construction; Gateway2Learn, comprised of HOCHITIEF PPP Solutions North America and Meridiam Gateway2Learn LLC, with Turner Construction Co. as lead contractor and NBBJ as lead architect; Innovation Partners, which includes Hunt Development Group and Shikun & Binui, with Moss & Associates and Shikun & Binui as joint venture lead contractor and Sasaki Associates as lead planner; Merced Campus Collaborative, which includes lend Lease Investments, Macquarie Capital Group and American Campus Communities, with Lend Lease and McCarthy Building Cos. As joint venture contractor; and Merced 2020 Partners, comprising Skanska Infrastructure Development and Fengate Capital Management, with Skanska, Webcor Builders and W.M. Lyles Co. as contractors and CannonDesign as architect.
The project teams are expected to adhere to UC Merced’s Triple Net Zero goals, which pledge to make the entire campus net-zero energy use, zero landfill waste and produce net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
Read more about UC Merced's most recent sustainable project, the LEED-Platinum-targeting Science and Engineering Building 2,
While the full budget is unspecified at this early stage, the university has allocated $100 million of the $850-million bonds it issued in 2012 towards the project. Additional funding is expected through revenue generated from the project, campus fees and state general fund allocations, according to the RFQ.
UC Merced officials say they will evaluate the statements over the next few months to develop a short list. Those selected firms will submit more detailed proposals and the winning development team will be selected by the end of 2015.
The university aims to begin construction in 2016 and deliver the first building as early as late 2017.