Merage School of Business — University of California, Irvine

2015 | Educational Facilities | National Award of Merit

Design-Build Team Summary

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

The alignment between the design and construction schedule was established on day one with an integrated project schedule that included design, submittal, fabrication, delivery, construction and close-out activities. The Hathaway Dinwiddie team provided an accelerated 23-month completion schedule to allow the building to open for the Fall start of the academic year. Over the last two decades, UC Irvine has continued to refine its design-build process to achieve best value through team collaboration and innovative project solutions.


The project consisted of a 79,500-square-foot (47,840 assignable square feet) addition to the existing Paul Merage School of Business facility, creating a unified business education complex with the following base requirements: outdoor courtyard with food service and a commons space; technologically advanced classrooms, breakout/group study rooms and collaboration spaces; assembly spaces for lectures, symposia and panel discussions; state-of-the-art research space; and offices for faculty, graduate students and administration. The university aspired to “effectively and elegantly unify the school around its core instructional and research areas as well as present a sophisticated business image to faculty, staff, students and the broader business community.” The new building interconnected with the existing facility to function as a cohesive whole while reinforcing the broader framework of campus development, circulation patterns and open space.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: University of California, Irvine
Design-Builder: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company
General Contractor: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company
Architects: Carrier Johnson + Culture, LMN Architects
Engineers: DCI Engineers, Sparling
Specialty Contractors: Cupertino Electric, Pacific Rim Mechanical, Prieto Construction Co. Inc., Walters & Wolf, G&G Door Products Inc., Superior Wall Systems, Inc., Corradini Corporation, Tahiti Cabinets, Inc., Martin Integrated Systems, Anning Johnson, Precision Floor Covering, Cosco Fire Protection
Specialty Consultants: Kema Services — LEED Consultants, Alvine Engineering, FPL and Associates, Lynn Capouya Design, Rolf Jensen & Associates
Duration of Construction: 23 months
Project Cost: $40,578,666