UC Merced Student Activities and Athletics Center

Ranchers Road
Merced, CA

  • Architect: WRNS Studio
  • Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
  • Developer: University of California, Merced
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Credit: Bruce Damonte

A design-build, fast-tracked project delivered on time and on budget, the structure has a shed-like form evoking the agricultural vernacular of California’s Central Valley. Structural steel was chosen to frame the sloping roof forms, both for it’s versatility and construction speed. Satisfying peer review requirements, locking down steel design for an early mill order, documenting the design for phased permitting/bidding, and providing rapid response during construction services were all integral to speedy delivery. During the last month of CDs, we coordinated closely with the structural steel subcontractor to incorporate their input and preferences, wherever possible, into the final details. This allowed the steel detailer to begin shop drawings prior to completion of CDs, without sacrificing efficiency or quality.