The 2020 Campus Development of the University of California, Merced won a Gold award at the 2017 P3 Awards & Conference. The project won the award in the Best Social Infrastructure Project category, and also received a Silver award in the Government Agency of the Year category. The fourth annual awards ceremony was held in Washington, D.C., by Partnership Events, which organizes gatherings on public private partnerships (P3). The event recognized outstanding achievements in P3 projects across the Americas with 250 industry leaders
UC Merced is the first American research university to be established in the 21st century. Its mission is to cultivate a community bound by learning, discovery, and engagement, while celebrating the heritage of the San Joaquin Valley and playing an important role in the region's future. SOM's master plan and architectural guidelines have positioned the university as a model for sustainable growth.