Construction continues in full swing at UC Riverside in 2020 with new projects starting and others nearing completion.
Work began last week on a new parking structure at Lot 13, near Big Springs Road, resulting in the closure of part of the eastern portion of the lot. Some existing permit holders have been diverted to other lots during the year-long project.
The four-level parking structure and redesigned lot will provide a net increase of 800 new parking spaces. In the meantime, Transportation and Parking Services is advising the campus that parking lots may be more crowded as a result. The department is suggesting commuters consider alternatives such as biking, walking, public transit, carpooling, or parking at the off-campus Hunter Park Metrolink lot.
Work began last fall on the Student Success Center, with much of the lawn area south of the CHASS Interdisciplinary building and east of the Student Services building fenced off for site preparation for the duration of construction through summer 2021.
Crews also closed off an additional portion of the lawn next to the Arts Mall to gain access to utility lines including sewer and electrical. That fencing will only be temporary and removed once utility work is completed. Check the project website for regular construction updates and a live video feed.
In the Arts Mall area, work is nearly done on the campus’ first major outdoor art installation.
The Barn is getting ready to open its doors by early March after an 18-month renovation and expansion. The redesigned complex has three times as much dining and cooking space and an outdoor stage for live music.
In September, the Plant Growths Environment Facility, which will provide high-tech greenhouse space, is expected to be completed.
Renovations to the north wing of Pierce Hall will soon be done, wrapping up the first phase of construction, which expands instructional laboratory and classroom space. Those labs and classrooms will start being utilized in March after spring break while the center wing portion of Pierce Hall will be vacated for the second phase of work, expected to be completed in March 2021.