Construction on Glen Mor 2 Student Apartments Project Delayed

Opening date for new facility is pushed back to the start of the 2014-15 school year

Artist rendering of residence hall

An artist rendering of the new Glen Mor 2 Residence Hall. Rendering courtesy of UCR Office of Capital Programs, Architects & Engineers

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (  — The construction schedule for the new Glen Mor 2 Student Apartments project at the University of California, Riverside has been reevaluated and lengthened after it was determined that it was unlikely that it would be completed in time for the start of the 2013-14 school year.  Under the new schedule, the construction phase of the project will go out to bid in October with work scheduled to begin in December. It will open in time for the 2014-15 school year.

project overhead view rendering

The overhead view of the five-building Glen Mor 2 project. Rendering courtesy of UCR Office of Capital Programs, Architects & Engineers

The 334,000 square foot project is located at the corner of Big Springs Road and Valencia Hill Drive. It includes beds for 800 people, a parking structure, swimming pool, community spaces, academic resource center, computer lab, fitness center and a dining emporium for both residents and non-residents.

UC Riverside Campus Architect Don Caskey said that there were brief discussions about trying to meet the 2013 deadline by going to an expanded work schedule, but it was decided that such a schedule would have a negative impact on the neighborhoods surrounding the campus.

“Theoretically, we could have gone to a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven-days-a-week schedule, but that wouldn’t have been in the best interests of the community,” Caskey said. “This also would not be in keeping with the commitments made in the EIR and was deemed out of the question.”

The project was conceived in two construction phases, the first involving site preparation and the second the actual building construction. The first phase was completed at the end of May.

“The original schedule was just a little too ambitious. We had almost no time buffer for any kind of delay or unexpected contingency,” Caskey said. “It would be of little benefit to open a new residence hall on November 1st, since the school year begins in September. Instead of having the building sit complete – but vacant – for several months, it was decided to reevaluate the schedule, build in more buffer time, and aim for a Fall 2014 opening.”

“The number of days of actual construction will be relatively the same,” Caskey added. “Little has changed regarding the construction process aside from the completion date.”

Andy Plumley, assistant vice chancellor for Housing, Dining & Residential Services, said that while the delay is disappointing, “we will continue to assist our students find housing by maximizing our on-campus housing options and also helping students find off-campus options.”

At the construction site, UCR Grounds crews recently replaced a faulty sprinkler controller that was limiting the amount of water that the trees and vegetation were receiving. Caskey said that the trees are being monitored on a daily basis to “ensure they get what they need” and that vegetation that was lost will be replaced as part of the site development.

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