University of California—Irvine, Calit2

Irvine, California

  • FIRM

    Leo A Daly


    University of California--Irvine

  • AREA

    68,700 sq.ft.





UC Irvine proposed a building that would team faculty, students and research professionals with leading California telecommunications, computer and software companies to research scientific and technological components required to bring about the “new Internet.”

Calit2 is a four-story structure with two wings connected by a full-height atrium. The larger wing houses ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMJohnson Fain PartnersCOST PER SQ FT$547.43CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLaboratories 1000 clean rooms (for polymer and silicon MEMS, packaging) and other specialized labs on the first two floors, and offices, conference rooms and lounges on the upper two floors. The smaller wing contains an auditorium at the ground level, a media arts studio/lab on the second floor and offices on the upper two levels. The main body and smaller wing are constructed of cast-in-place architectural concrete shear walls with integral color and a sandblast finish.

Calit2 enables researchers to create “living laboratories” for testing new products and concepts. To enable revolutionary advances important to California’s economy, research is being conducted in five primary areas: materials and devices; networked infrastructure; interfaces and software systems; strategic applications; and policy, management and socioeconomic evolution.

“The building relates well to its natural context, yet is expressive of innovative technology and sophistication.”--2007 jury