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.

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Irvine, California
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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.

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