Celebrates New Downtown Campus Center
By JONATHAN WHITAKER
January 25, 2018
Hundreds of UC Merced supporters, students, faculty members,
local leaders and curious residents joined in the celebration
and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday for the university’s
new Downtown Campus Center.
The $45 million, 67,400-square-foot, three-story building
is located at the corner of 18th and N streets, directly
across from the Merced Civic Center. It will bring more
than 300 UC Merced administrative staff to work, dine and
shop in downtown.
is a great day,” declared Mayor Mike Murphy. “Merced
is a city on the rise, and UC Merced is a big reason why.
… The construction of this beautiful structure is
a manifestation of an increasing investment in our downtown.”
pointed out that the campus also has office space inside
the historic Mondo Building on Main Street and the Venture
Lab on M Street.
Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland piled on the praise for
the ongoing cooperation between the community and the campus.
building and its location are designed to forge new ties
between UC Merced and the community,” she said.
Manager Steve Carrigan said the campus center is only the
start of a downtown transformation that will include the
revitalization of the Mainzer Theatre and the El Capitan
Hotel — a project that’s expected to break ground
as early as next month.
Attorney Larry Morse, who was a member of the committee
to bring the 10th University of California campus to town
more than a decade ago, stood in awe of Tuesday's street
incredible to see this kind of growth and expansion,”