The 2020 Project is an excellent model of a sustainable Public-Private Partnership (P3) project that greatly improves campus life. Atelier Ten led the sustainability effort for this ambitious project that nearly doubled the size of the campus with 11 new LEED Platinum buildings.
Even with the expansion, UC Merced has achieved its goal of carbon neutrality, ahead of schedule. The expansion includes new teaching and laboratory facilities, student housing, student life space, wellness center, dining, athletic fields, parking and a conference center.
To meet the overall energy goals and allow for more project efficiencies and affordability, the project found ways to connect to existing campus infrastructure, like the efficient campus central energy plant. On-going collaboration with the University led to a change to the project requirements allowing the team to take advantage of a portion of the renewable energy already created on the campus.
Atelier Ten worked with the team to create a walkable campus that reduces transportation in an overall attempt to reduce greenhouse gas. Many circulation areas were brought outside to support walkability and emphasize a connection to the open public space. Atelier Ten’s shading recommendations reduce cooling energy demand and improve thermal comfort and occupant health.