Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Mark Maxwell
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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University of California, Merced
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Richard Cummings
Principal Planner
Physical Planning, Design and Construction
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
UC Merced 2020 Project

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

Enrollment demand at UC Merced has initiated the “2020 Project”, a capital development project to double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020 in order to accommodate long-term enrollment growth to 10,000 students. UC Merced’s growth strategy is to adopt a compact, pedestrian-oriented, high-density development pattern that will add approximately 920,000 assignable square feet of academic, residential, and student services space in a single project.

Multiple design teams are currently competing to be awarded the development project through a formal Request for Proposals process. The 2020 Project is innovative because (1) its large scale lends itself to district-wide, multi-building resource efficient strategies (e.g. district wide utilities, integrated bicycle, pedestrian transit networks) and (2) because the administrative procurement strategy UC Merced is using incorporates UC Merced’s sustainability vision as a key evaluation criteria. The selection process for the 2020 Project development considers the following components that will advance UC Merced’s sustainability goals:

• The extent to which LEED Gold minimum are met for all buildings

• Requiring designers and engineers to use Energy Budgets for development of each building

• Requiring designers and engineers to use Water Budgets for the Project development

• The extent to which minimum daylighting requirements are met to ensure employee well-being and reduce energy costs

• Requiring Drought-resistant landscaping

• Establishing Groundwater reduction targets

• Integrating Biophilic design principles into the Request for Proposals

• Creating contractual obligations on the part of the development team to maintain major building systems over the long term - including those associated with sustainability.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
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A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate No
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing Yes
Transportation No
Waste No
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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