UC Riverside Announces Location for Cost-Saving Human Resources Center

Intellicenter-Riverside, a LEED Gold Certified Building in Meridian Business Park, will House “UCPath” Project

Intellicenter-Riverside, the future home of UCPath.

Intellicenter-Riverside, the future home of UCPath.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The University of California (UC) has agreed to purchase Intellicenter-Riverside, an office building in Riverside’s Meridian Business Park, to house consolidated payroll and human resources services expected to save the UC system $80 million to $100 million in state funds annually by the end of 2014.

UC agreed to purchase the 150,000-square-foot, three-story building located at 14350 Meridian Parkway developed by Dallas-based KDC Real Estate Development & Investments.  The office is on land managed by the March Joint Powers Authority.

Intellicenter-Riverside is six miles from the UC Riverside campus and will house operations of UCPath (UC payroll, academic personnel, timekeeping and human resources) beginning in July 2013.

Initially, only the third floor will be used for UCPath. The other two floors will be available for lease to other entities. Through this arrangement, UC expects the investment to have paid for itself in 11 years.

UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White applauded the purchase. “It is very gratifying to see the hard work of many people in Riverside and Oakland, as well as elsewhere in the UC system moving this project forward. I am proud and grateful for their efforts.”

Intellicenter-Riverside is part of developer KDC’s national “green” speculative office building program that includes six LEED Certified buildings in major markets across the country. The Riverside project was awarded LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  UC joins other prominent occupiers of Intellicenter buildings including: Travelers, Daimler-Chrysler, Morgan Stanley, University of Georgia and Moffitt Cancer Center.

“The University of California knew purchasing such an efficient building would be a huge cost savings in the long run while still providing a healthy and productive environment for their employees,” said John Brownlee, executive vice president, KDC.  “We are proud to have provided a product that will enhance the efficiency of the university’s system.”

UCPath is a main component of a cost-saving plan called Working Smarter. The UCPath center will open for business in July 2013 with approxmately140 employees. The UCPath center will eventually employ as many as 500 people.  The UCPath Center will initially serve five locations: UCLA; Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UC Santa Cruz; UC Merced; and the UC Office of the President. All other campuses and medical centers will make the transition by October 2014.

UCPath Center positions are now open to applicants on the University systemwide job board at jobs.universityofcalifornia.edu/?action=ucpsearch. Priority consideration will be given to current UC employees seeking employment.

The UCPath Center is offering career opportunities in:  Benefits, Payroll, Human Resources, Fulfillment and Records, Quality, Business Operations, HR Information systems, and Customer Service. The University expects to hire 156 positions by April 2013, and up to 500 positions when the Center is fully operational in October 2014.

The recruitment period for managerial, technical, and executive support positions closes on Dec. 21, 2012; for all other positions the recruitment period will close on Jan. 18, 2013.

What people in the Inland Empire are saying…

“It’s a great day when we can create partnerships that bring new jobs to Riverside County, and at the same time foster more effective use of public funds,” said Marion Ashley, a member of the March Joint Powers Authority and a Riverside County Supervisor. “The taxpayers are well -served with this new service center located in Riverside. “

“UCPath’s selection of the Intellicenter building in the Meridian Business Park on March Joint Powers Authority land is a significant step forward for the March JPA and the region,” said Mike Gardner, chair of the March Joint Powers Authority and a Riverside City Councilman. “The jobs UC is bringing to our area are a boon and will ultimately provide employment for graduates of our local universities.”

“It solidifies the March Air Force reuse mission of creating better quality jobs. These are better paying jobs, highly skilled jobs. It allows the county to begin to diversify the kinds of businesses we have here. It’s an important step toward recovering from the recession and setting up a better path for a more stable economic future.” — Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster, who also serves as a commissioner of the March Joint Powers Authority.

“The March Joint Powers Authority commission and staff have been valuable allies as we have worked through all the issues of locating this UC Path Center in a building that serves the needs of the University of California. This is an example of the way our community partners with UC Riverside.” — Jeff Kraus, UCR Director of Local Government and Community Relations.

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