New U.C. Merced Academic Building

July 22, 2008 12:15:20 AM PDT
U.C. Merced broke ground on its first new academic building since the campus opened in 2005.The new social sciences and management building will house classrooms, art studios, labs, and offices designed to attract new faculty members.

University officials say the environmentally friendly facility will use about thirty percent less water and up to fifty percent less energy than typical buildings.

It will also be built using many recycled materials.

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