UC Merced – Downtown Campus Center

Location: Merced, CA
Architect: Heller Manus Architects
Products: Quasar Series Actuators and RQ Control Panels
Glazing Co: Alcal Glazing

About the Project
LEED Platinum certified. The new 67,400-square-foot Downtown Campus Center is the University’s first building in downtown Merced. Formerly a vacant lot, this .85-acre parcel was purchased by the university in 2014.
0he building is Net-Zero ready and utilizes many sustainable building practices and designs. The building is cooled via natural ventilation at night while being shaded from the harsh sun during the day. The exterior design reflects the direction of the sun and provides daylight but reduces heat gain. The interior features two light wells to encourage the use of natural daylighting. While the building currently meets standards for LEED Platinum, the University is expected to seek Net Zero certification in a few years.