UC Merced 2020 Project ATTAINS LEED Platinum CertifiCATION ON All occupiable buildings.
Merced, CA — Last week marked the culmination of fifteen years of hard work – and The University of California, Merced (UC Merced) has achieved something truly extraordinary. By attaining LEED Platinum certification on all eleven occupiable buildings across the UC Merced 2020 Project, a remarkable feat has been realized by a team of dedicated individuals, with the strong backing of leadership at the university.
Since its inaugural year of operation in 2005, UC Merced has continued to exemplify what it means to be a public research university, embracing long term sustainability. Working as Owner’s Project Delivery Advisor, WT was proud to have managed the original technical requirements on the UC Merced 2020 Project, mandating LEED Gold certification across the campus’ expansion.
However, after a meticulous review by WT, in conjunction with UC Merced project partners, the developer was presented findings that indicated LEED Platinum certification was entirely achievable. Negotiated changes with the developer established an addendum of minimum requirements which were coordinated across all project teams to ensure that each building met the project’s newly outlined LEED Platinum sustainability goals, emphasizing energy and water efficiency, daylight access and carbon reduction.
WT offers its sincerest congratulations to all parties involved in achieving this monumental feat and is proud to continue to work alongside clients such as UC Merced, as the firm focuses on providing increased value and industry leading advisory to the North American higher education sector.
About the UC Merced 2020 Project:
The $1.3 billion UC Merced 2020 project is one of the largest, most complex P3 social infrastructure projects undertaken in the US to date. As a first of its kind higher education sector project in the US, UC Merced 2020 comprised of the delivery of over 1.2 million SF across 13 buildings and associated infrastructure, delivered in three phases. Facilities included a wellness center, arts and computational laboratory, BSL3 laboratory, student housing and instructional learning classrooms, dining center, administrative and academic leadership offices, 299 seat auditorium and research wet and dry laboratories.
WT Partnership is one of the fastest growing advisory firms in North America. Founded in Australia back in 1949, WT is known as the oldest start-up in the industry and has been a force in North America since 2010. A trusted advisor to Owners, Developers, Government and Private sector clients, WT currently manages $6.5 billion dollars of active mega projects across North America.
Jake Witt, Senior Program Manager