University of California Irvine Paul Merage School of Business

University of California Irvine Paul Merage School of Business

Building for the Future of Business: Engineering a socially responsible and sustainable business school for the University of California: Irvine

DCI Engineers provided the structural engineering design for this new design-build, five-story Paul Merage School of Business in Irvine, California. This state-of-the-art building will be home to a high-tech 300-seat auditorium, several of the School's Centers of Excellence, the Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.® Trading and Technology Lab, and the 70-seat Lyman Porter Colloquia Room. Other features include 70-seat and 90-seat case-study classrooms, a multi-purpose classroom and 20 small group study rooms. A “grand terrace” is being designed to overlook a new courtyard which will provide students with ample outdoor space and outdoor dining areas. This project also includes space for two new restaurants as well as academic and administrative offices.

Project Highlights

  • This structure is poured-in-place concrete with 8” post-tensioned floors throughout the building.
  • The seismic force resisting system consists of poured-in-place concrete shear walls and spread footing on compacted engineered fill.
  • The system was tuned to deal with the varying site conditions with extreme variation in bed rock elevations.
  • Colored architectural concrete is being used for the entire exterior of the building which required special attention to detail to create a uniformly acceptable finish.


Irvine, California
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