University of California—Irvine, Calif. Inst. of Telecom and Info Tech (Cal IT2)

Irvine, California

  • FIRM

    Leo A Daly


    University of California--Irvine

  • AREA

    68,700 sq.ft.





A state-of-the-art facility at the University of California—Irvine, Cal IT2 combines the arts, engineering and information technology to address large-scale societal issues.

Sponsored by the governor’s office, Cal IT2 provides research in telecommunications and information technology, stimulating California’s economic growth. Cal IT2 teams campus professionals ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMJohnson Fain PartnersCOST PER SQ FT$547.43FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio telecommunications and software companies to research technology for the “New Internet.”

Partnering with UC—San Diego, Cal IT2 is designed to investigate how the Internet will advance environmental science and energy, transportation, medicine, artistic expression, industrial management and education.

With four stories and two wings, Cal IT2 provides 119,500 square feet of interdisciplinary research laboratories, offices and conference facilities, arranged vertically in five interacting “layers.”

The dramatic four-story atrium, the building’s focus, is a communication center with 3-D multi-megapixel, interactive, wall-sized screens. A glass prism curtainwall connects the atrium’s interior visually with the landscaped courtyard.

Shortly before construction, donor funding was reduced by $5 million. To overcome this unexpected shortfall, the design team met both the original design and budget goals creatively, protecting a matching grant.

Cal IT2 has a concrete frame with precast panels inset with brick banding, adding texture and color. Both the main body and the smaller wing are constructed of cast-in-place concrete shear walls with integral color and sandblast finish.

Featuring wireless Internet access, the university’s first voice-over-IP phone system, and customized networks, Cal IT2 offers access to high-speed fiber-optic networks.

Incorporating energy-saving design, the project exceeded California’s energy-code standards by 20 percent. Cal IT2 was completed on schedule and came in $500,000 under budget.