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UCR breaks ground on new building, one of many

UCR breaks ground on new building, one of many

(April 5, 2001)

The University of California, Riverside will break ground at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, on a $17.2 million building, called Science Laboratories 1, that will provide more laboratory and office space for the departments of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences.

Steven R. Angle, interim dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, will lead a ceremony officially starting construction on the 40,000 square foot building that will add academic offices, teaching laboratories, research laboratories and space for laboratory support to the growing campus. UCR's projected six percent annual growth rate -- the highest in the UC system -- will bring the campus to 20,000 students by the year 2010.

Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach and faculty leaders from Chemistry and Environmental Sciences are also scheduled to speak at the event, which marks the addition of one more new building to a substantial list of new campus construction. Open this year are the Pentland Hills residence hall; a sports complex; and a $14 million chemistry building. During May, UCR will hold celebrations marking the official opening of the $26 million Arts Building at University Avenue and Canyon Crest Drive; and the $15 million Insectary and Quarantine facility, located on South Campus Drive.

Construction is in progress on a "Surge" building that will provide space for large classes and office space; an International House near UCR Extension that will house international students; and another student residence hall modeled on Pentland Hills. Funds for new buildings come from variety of sources, including the state, voter-passed bonds, borrowed money, private donations or a combination of the above.

"UCR is in a perpetual state of growth now," said Daniel Johnson, director of UCR Design and Construction. "It is a challenge just to keep pace."

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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