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Planning, Design & Construction (PD&C) stewards the physical development of the UCR campus in support of its teaching, research, and public service mission.

PD&C’s work is guided by a strong commitment to sustainability and the acknowledgement of its truly diverse, inclusive, and globally-focused community. Through long range planning, new construction, and creative renovation of existing campus buildings, open space, and infrastructure, PDC seeks to preserve and enhance UCR’s distinct sense of place.

The work of Planning, Design & Construction is divided between the responsibilities for the planning and design of the campus, and the management of construction.


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North District phase 2 construction
North District housing complex walls go up
Three large cranes, more than 10 stories high, tower over UC Riverside’s North District Phase 2 project, lifting wall panels and setting them into place. Construction crews at the project site have been repeating those steps over the last few weeks as the student housing project moves forward with the next phase of construction.
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Batchelor Hall
Batchelor Hall renovation nearing completion
A major renovation of UC Riverside’s Batchelor Hall is nearing completion after almost two years of construction. The work, which includes significant upgrades to the building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, will be finished by the end of June. Work began in fall 2022.
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Native American Garden
Campus celebrates Native American Garden
UC Riverside’s Native American community celebrated the new Native American Garden on campus with music and dance in the first large gathering in the space since the project opened. The grand opening celebration on Tuesday, April 9, featured the Mountain Cahuilla Bird Singers, who danced and sang in the sand circle at the center of the garden to a large crowd gathered around them. The event was sponsored by Native American Student Programs.
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UTLF front view
UC Regents approve plan for four-story, 1,700-seat instructional building
UC Riverside will begin construction this summer on a four-story building with a focus on instructional education, which was approved March 20 by the Regents of the University of California. The vote allows the campus to move forward with the Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Facility, a 100,700-square-foot building that will be constructed on Parking Lot 19, south of the UCR Soccer Stadium. It will have a prominent location near the westside campus entrance at Canyon Crest Drive where University Avenue ends.
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Spieth Hall roof
Spieth Hall gets a new roof
UC Riverside’s Spieth Hall has a new roof and an improved fume hood exhaust system as part of a recently completed renovation project. Replacing the aged roof on the building, which was built in 1957, was a major portion of the work, which began in summer 2022 and was completed this month. The old roof had leaks and areas where puddles would accumulate, said Fernando Nunez, a project manager with the Office of Planning, Design, and Construction. “That roof was in bad shape and needed to be addressed,” he said.
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School of Medicine Ed Bldg II
Two new campus buildings honored at Riverside beautification awards
UC Riverside’s new School of Medicine building and Student Health and Counseling Center won top awards in the city of Riverside’s annual beautification awards. The two buildings, which both opened last fall, were honored at Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson’s State of the City address Thursday, Jan. 25, as part of the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful Awards.
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School of Business under construction
School of Business building enters next phase of construction
UC Riverside’s new School of Business building entered a new phase of construction recently as work moves forward for an August 2024 opening. In late December, the school and construction team celebrated the midpoint of construction as crews poured the final concrete placement for the frame of the building. “The super structure is what we call it — it’s complete,” said Frank Salhab, project manager with contractor McCarthy Building Companies.
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South Rec Mall steps
New northwest campus pathway opens
A walkway providing easier access at the northwest corner of campus, including to a new student housing complex, is now open. The South Recreation Mall project began construction in spring and was completed this month.
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North District phase 2 groundbreaking
UCR celebrates construction start for North District 2
UC Riverside and its community partners celebrated a unique collaboration Wednesday, Nov. 4 as construction begins on a new housing complex that will be home to future university and community college students.
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North District phase 2
Next phase of North District housing breaks ground Nov. 8
UC Riverside is beginning construction this fall on a new student housing complex that represents a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Riverside Community College District, or RCCD. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 8 for the North District Phase 2 project, which will add 1,568 new beds in two apartment-style buildings at the northeast corner of Canyon Crest Drive and W. Linden Street.
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School of Medicine Ed Bldg II
UCR opens two major new buildings
The UC Riverside campus continues to grow with two major new buildings dedicated to student health and training future physicians now open. The campus opened the doors to the new School of Medicine building on Sept. 26 while the Student Health and Counseling Center celebrated its completion on Sept. 22.
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School of Medicine Ed Bldg II
School of Medicine holds ribbon-cutting for new building
UC Riverside leaders reflected on the 10-year anniversary of the School of Medicine and looked to the future as they celebrated the opening of a new educational building. More than 300 guests attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the School of Medicine Education Building II on Tuesday, Sept. 26, including local legislative leaders and two members of the UC Board of Regents.
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Native American Garden
Native American garden opens to campus
UC Riverside’s new Native American Landscape Garden is now open at the center of campus. Campus leaders and others involved in its planning celebrated the project’s completion with a walk-through of the 20,000-square-foot garden on Friday, Sept. 22, which also happened to be California Native American Day.
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Student Health and Counseling Center
Campus celebrates opening of new student health center
UC Riverside celebrated the completion of its new Student Health and Counseling Center on Friday, Sept. 22 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 39,450-square-foot, two-story building at the north side of campus brings together medical, mental health, and well-being services into one location and modern facility for the first time. 
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School of Medicine building
School of Medicine ready to unveil new education building
UC Riverside’s School of Medicine is celebrating a major milestone with the completion of a new instructional and administrative building that will allow it to increase enrollment. Following two years of construction, the School of Medicine Education Building II is opening this fall, just as the school celebrates its 10th anniversary. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $100 million project will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26.
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Student Health and Counseling Center front shot
New center promotes holistic approach to wellness
UC Riverside is taking its approach to health and wellness to a new level with the opening of the Student Health and Counseling Center later this month. The 39,450-square-foot, two-story building at the north side of campus brings together medical, mental health, and wellbeing services into one location and modern facility for the first time. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Sept. 22 to mark the completion of construction, which began in Feb. 2022.
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