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University of California Irvine Medical Center Education Building Spotlight

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University of California Irvine is a public research institution institution founded in 1965. It is one of the 10 campuses in the University of California system. University of California Irvine features a suburban setting with a 1,474 acre campus. In our Education Building Spotlight, we are featuring the Medical Center at UCI.

This Medical Education Building is an innovative instructional hub for more than 1,000 students. The building consists of two sections:

  • a larger block for instructional and technical uses, and
  • a narrower block for offices and meeting rooms.

It is a high-performance academic building designed to advance the medical education curriculum.

Education Building Specifics for University of California Irvine Medical Center

  • location: Irvine, CA
  • size: 65,000 SF
  • completed: 2009
  • metrics: LEED Platinum

MITHUN Architects partnered with Edge Development to provide architecture, interior design, and landscape design services for the University of California Irvine Medical Center Education Building. Mechanical and electrical engineering services were provided by Coffman Engineers. 

The University of California Irvine Medical Center Building complies with the UC Presidential Policy for Green Building Design and Clean Energy Standards and is LEED Platinum certified.

Building Innovation

The design incorporates the latest in simulation technologies for learning and testing skills. It also features a 60-seat “televideo” auditorium for the Telemedicine program. This program focuses on delivering care and learning to underserved communities throughout California. Students watch doctors use teleconferencing to provide care to patients in the auditorium.

Building Performance

The LEED Platinum building features healthy teaching and research spaces. An open breezeway connects them to a naturally-ventilated wing with faculty offices and meeting spaces. This concept generates an operational energy efficiency that surpasses California requirements by 28%.

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