Sustainability Research and Engineering Building

In the Fall of 2019, University of California, Merced debuted the new buildings of the UC Merced 2020 Project that will anchor the new Academic Quad, and CITRIS moved into the state-of-the-art third floor of the Sustainability Research and Engineering Building, one of three teaching and research buildings. The CITRIS space lends well to interaction with Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering faculty, coordinating with the Office of Sustainability and CalTeach, and inspiring the next generation of makers with the maker space. CITRIS conducts mentoring and training sessions with students in our Tech for Social Good program from SRE conference rooms. And our seven-strong intern staff works aside permanent staff in our huddle space.

The building consists of four floors above grade with a partial basement. Within the building, the wet/dry laboratories are organized around modular planning principles that will enable the configuration of the building to evolve over time. At the intersection between research and class laboratories, building users will find conference rooms, break rooms, and colloquy spaces arranged to bring people together across divisions and departments to create dynamic learning environments. The building will house a Center of Excellence for sustainability.


Building Features

  • Size: 155,000 GSF, 4 floors with basement
  • 25 wet labs, 31 dry labs, 11 class labs
  • Office spaces for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty.
  • A machine shop, a collaborative maker space, and chemical stocker room.
  • Conferences and break rooms for collaborative research environments.