UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland speaks with The New York Times about the university's exponential growth and continuing legacy of educating underrepresented students. She also discusses the Merced 2020 Project, an expansive master planning effort designed and led by SOM.
AIA San Francisco recognized two SOM projects at the 2019 Design Awards. The Monterey Conference Center won an Honor Award for Architecture, and the University of California, Merced, Pavilion at Little Lake took home a Citation Award for Architecture.
On August 16th, 2018, the University of California, Merced hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the 2020 Project. The four-year project will add approximately 1.2 million gross square feet of teaching, research, residential, and student-support facilities to the existing campus.
The University of California, Merced – 2020 Campus Development has received an Excellence in Planning Award from the American Planning Association. The project, a public-private partnership, won in the program's Urban Design category.
The 2020 Campus Development of the University of California, Merced won a Gold award at the 2017 P3 Awards & Conference, which recognizes outstanding achievements in public private partnership (P3) projects. The development won the award in the Best Social Infrastructure Project category.
Four SOM projects were honored in the 2017 AIA California Council Design Awards. The New United States Courthouse in Los Angeles; the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility Master Plan; India Basin; and the University of California Merced's 2020 Campus Development plan all received awards.