University of California—Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business Tenant Improvements

Irvine, California

  • FIRM

    HMC Architects


    UC Irvine`s Paul Merage School of Business

  • AREA

    3,800 sq.ft.





UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business tenant improvements uniquely integrate the specific needs and aesthetic sensibilities of two distinct client groups, The Center for Real Estate and the Masters of Business Administration’s Executive Commons. These dynamic new facilities celebrate a progressive office environment through a balance of distinguished and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$289.47FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation multi-use spaces.

Significant planning and design imperatives included the challenge to equally embrace both clients’ desires and essential program requirements within very limited spatial parameters. In response, the available area was completely transformed and redefined by a thorough attention to design detail.

The design for The Center for Real Estate features a central, flow-through entry/circulation space shaped by movement patterns effectively integrating the large central conference room with high-tech resource library functions and perimeter workspaces. Transparent architectural elements are situated strategically throughout to create visual connections and enable light sharing among various use areas. Together, these features encourage a highly efficient and collaborative workspace for faculty, students and business leaders. Clean lines frame the subtle tones and textures of sophisticated, yet simple materials. The composition and palette energize the space and create a unique, cutting-edge university educational environment.

The Masters of Business Administrations’ Executive Commons design is characterized by flexibility and material warmth that facilitate and invite diverse events. Layered surfaces and textures articulate and enrich the open plan of the multi-venue space. Accommodating furniture layouts for everything from small conferences to nearly a hundred at formal dining tables, the facility has a catering kitchen, a food-service area screened by an operable partition, a storage area and sophisticated hide-away audio/video systems.

Required exterior improvements were executed respectfully to accommodate new entry passageways and standalone mechanical systems. The integration of interior and exterior enhancements respects the existing building vernacular, while providing distinctive spaces for the business school.