Built into a sloping site with its lowest of the five levels daylighting only to the west, the new LEED Platinum certified UCI Contemporary Arts Building is clad in brick veneer, concrete masonry units and glass. The main stair and elevator tower anchors the northwest corner of the building as it aids in defining the entry courtyard and announcing the building entrance.

The building is designed to actively engage the environment of the UCI Arts Village. Balconies, terraces, open walkways and a colonnade invite visual and physical interaction between the building, its occupants and the surrounding community.

In this LEED Platinum certified project, naturally ventilated spaces make up most of the building's exterior. These rooms and corridors are wrapped around spaces that require high levels of environmental control, typically sound or light, but also in the case of the art gallery temperature and humidity as well. The top floor consists entirely of artists' studios that are also naturally ventilated. These studios open onto outdoor terraces that double as extended work areas.

Project delivery method: Design-Build
Design-Builder: Edge Construction, LLC