University of California, Irvine – Master Plan Projects
- Client University of California, Irvine
Under multiple University of California, Irvine (UCI) contracts, LCI developed a master plan and project implementation documents for the Ring Mall, public plazas and promenades adjacent to seven major science facilities on the UCI campus. Design approvals included a complex variety of presentations and workshops to and with UCI’s building advisory committee, campus design review team, chancellor’s planning and environmental committee and the grounds and building committee.
Alternate delivery methods for each building gave LCI the opportunity to work as both a prime contractor and subcontractor to the major construction and architectural firms. Production scheduling is organized to meet the demands of multiple project phases simultaneously. The project covered in excess of 240,000 square feet of area. Each individual building has a least one designated plaza area and a main entry and focal area that open onto the Ring Mall.
The sustainable elements included:
- Plant palette – All the facilities referenced the UCI green and gold plan, which delineated a drought tolerant plant palette including some native species. Bark mulch was incorporated to reduce evapotranspiration. Trees were placed on the south sides of buildings, patios and in the Ring Mall median to create shade wherever possible.
- Irrigation – All of the irrigation at UCI taps into the Irvine Ranch Water District reclaimed water from a 16-inch dedicated loop system that is campus wide. The selected equipment is low gallonage/volume and minimizes overhead spray equipment wherever possible. Automatic controllers have built in CCUs that communicate with central control and moisture sensors.