The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) named the UC Irvine Merage School of Business Addition as a winner in the Educational Facilities Category in its 20th annual Design-Build Project/Team Awards. DBIA is the only organization nationwide that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build.

“To win a National Design-Build Project/Team Award, projects must not only achieve budget and schedule goals, but also demonstrate advanced and innovative application of design-build best practices,” said Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of DBIA. “This year’s winning projects exemplify Design-Build done right…excellence in design, and extraordinary teaming performance.”

LMN teamed with associate architect Carrier Johnson + Culture and builder Hathaway Dinwiddie to compete for the commission within UC Irvine’s well-developed design build selection process. UCI’s team of project judges—comprised of design and construction professionals from both the campus and private sector—measures best value across 9 project categories. To ensure an objective jury process, authors of the design proposals are kept anonymous. The LMN team’s winning proposal garnered 92.5 of 100 total possible value points.

The completed Merage School of Business addition adjoins to the existing building to frame a central courtyard that serves as the social heart of the 5-story complex. A series of community spaces bridge from inside to outside across multiple floor-levels, supporting informal interaction and team-based learning activities that underlie contemporary business education. Careful integration of outdoor spaces within UCI Irvine’s campus planning framework interweave the Merage School’s culture of social performance with the daily life of the campus—leveraging the interdisciplinary nature of program to the enhance diverse academic spectrum of the University.

The project opened in early 2015 and is expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

Photo Credit: Lawrence Anderson Photography, Inc.

Vashon Center for the Arts is a new, 300-seat multi-purpose performance space that establishes a vibrant civic presence as the center for arts events on Vashon Island. Functioning as a gallery and events space in addition to providing a destination regional theater. The new facility expands the arts campus of Vashon Allied Arts, headquartered at the historic Blue Heron Arts Center constructed in 1912. As part of the expansion, two acres of adjacent wetlands are restored to serve as an interpretive center and sculpture garden, creating a five-acre campus encompassing both buildings

The majority of the facility’s funding was raised from the community, making the current construction milestones a triumph for multiple generations of visual and performing artists on the island. LMN is proud to support this amazing community with a rich arts culture for all ages!