Groundbreaking for the MRB1 Project is Saturday, Nov. 19

MRB1 will provide much needed research space to advance the UC Riverside Strategic Plan

An architectural drawing shows plans for MRB1, expected to be completed by fall of 2018.

UC Riverside will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Multidisciplinary Research Building 1 at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, on the north terrace behind the Materials Science and Engineering building.

The groundbreaking ceremony celebrates the beginning of construction for a five-story building with 125,000 square feet of laboratories and other support spaces for faculty research. On campus, this building is known as MRB1.

Speakers include Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, Campus Architect Rob Gayle, as well as members of the faculty, and community members. A reception will follow the ceremony. Parking is available in Lot 19.

The building, which expands UCR’s research capabilities and encourages cross-disciplinary cooperation, is expected to be completed by fall of 2018 at a cost of $150 million.

It will provide much needed research space to advance the UC Riverside Strategic Plan, which includes enlarging the faculty and the campus research profile.

An architect's rendering of what the building will look like.

An architect’s rendering of what the building will look like.

MRB1 will be able to support up to 56 faculty investigators and their teams working at the intersection of life sciences, chemical sciences, medicine, and engineering. MRB1 will be flexible and adaptable, and will allow accommodation of emerging research demands over the next several decades.

Faculty members have been involved in the planning process, including a committee chaired by Vice Chancellor Michael Pazzani that included Peter Atkinson; David Lo; Chandra Reynolds; Chinya Ravishankar; and Ilhem Messaoudi.

The building will be located on 2.1 acres, directly north of the Materials Science & Engineering (MS&E) Building at the corner of Aberdeen Drive and North Campus Drive.

Watch the building go up via a webcam.

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