Faculty Encouraged to Send Their Expressions of Interest for Space Assignments in MRB1

Informational sessions are scheduled for June 1 and June 2

An architect’s rendering of what MRB1 will look like. ucr file

As the construction of the Multidisciplinary Research Building 1 (MRB1) continues, members of the faculty are invited to submit formal expressions of interest in utilizing space in the new facility.

Cindy Larive, interim provost and executive vice chancellor, has set up two informational meetings on June 1 and June 2 about the request for expressions of interest (RFEI) process. Submitting a RFEI will allow research teams to be considered as the inaugural occupants of the five story, 125,000 square foot facility, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Faculty teams interested in identifying additional collaborators can sign up to present a five-minute summary of their project by emailing provostadmin@ucr.edu.

“Because multidisciplinary and collaborative research is at the core of UCR’s objectives for MRB1, I have been working with a multidisciplinary space assignment task force consisting of myself, deans, faculty and relevant senior capital and financial staff,” Larive stated in a letter inviting the faculty to participate in the RFEI. Larive serves as the task force chair.

The RFEI received will be reviewed and considered by task force members and technical advisors over the summer.  Task force committee members include:

  • Deborah Deas, dean of the School of Medicine
  • Milagros Peña, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Kathryn Uhrich, dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Sharon Walker, interim dean of the Bourns Colleges of Engineering
  • Martin Garcia Castro, associate professor of biomedical sciences
  • Mike Pazzani, vice chancellor of Research & Economic Development
  • Jeff Kaplan, associate vice chancellor of Capital Asset Strategies
  • Barbara Lloyd, office of vice chancellor for Planning & Budget

“I am excited to initiate this critical milestone in the development of this cutting-edge facility, which will provide much-needed research space to advance the UC Riverside Strategic Plan, support our growing faculty, and elevate the campus research profile,” Larive said.

For more details regarding RFEI and MRB1 project details/floor plans: provost.ucr.edu/projects.html.

Upcoming informational meetings are scheduled as follow:

  • June 1: 9 to 10:30 a.m., Bourns A265
  • June 2: 9 to 10:30 a.m., Genomics Auditorium

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