University of California, Merced 2020 Campus Expansion Selected as a Finalist for Urban Land Institute Award

Wide-angle aerial view of the U.C. Merced campus showing the surrounding fields of the San Joaquin Valley.

The University of California, Merced 2020 Campus Expansion has been selected as a finalist for ULI Americas Awards of Excellence 2023.

Guided by an SOM master plan, in 2020 UC Merced became the first public research university to reach carbon neutrality in the United States, and eleven of the project structures have achieved LEED Platinum certification. 

The project is the largest public-private partnership (P3) social infrastructure project in U.S. history and supports the University of California’s mission: to train the next generation of climate leaders and to make this education equitable. Nearly 75% of UC Merced undergraduate students are first-generation college students, and more than half of undergraduates come from low-income families.

Learn more about all of the finalists through the Urban Land Institute.