With a focus on sustainability, innovation and social inclusion, the OASIS Park is a center for research in climate change, air quality and mobility aimed at preparing the next generation of the Clean Tech workforce for Riverside and the Inland Empire. Located along University Avenue between downtown and the UC Riverside campus, the OASIS Park is a catalyst project along Riverside’s ‘Innovation Corridor’ while also acting as a gateway to the UC Riverside campus. The project is a collaboration between UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the University Extension to provide a space where university research intersects with local entrepreneurs and future clean tech workers.
With a total site area of approximately 4 acres, the project will provide approximately 50,000 GSF of research and office space and will include clean tech labs along with a maker space for prototyping new technologies. The project includes several community-oriented spaces, such as office space for local entrepreneurs, a large active-hybrid meeting and learning space, display space to share research being conducted and ample outdoor areas for shared community use. The OASIS Park intends to create a welcoming, transparent and accessible space for all members of the community. The project fronts University Avenue with a landscaped plaza and draws people into the site through a multimodal pedestrian and bicycle corridor that connects University Avenue to Everton Place. Along this landscaped path, there are multiple opportunities for gathering at a variety of scales, including a large, shaded courtyard.
The project will support the six pillars identified in the Opportunities for Advancement, Social Inclusion and Sustainability (OASIS) initiative:
- Clean Energy & Fuels
- Clean Transportation & Infrastructure
- Natural Resource Management
- Agriculture Technology & Food Security
- Community Health & Disparities
- Human Development
The project also involves the demolition of the existing University Extension building.
The building will provide approximately 50,000 GSF, along with exterior circulation and gathering areas. The program includes the following spaces:
- Research Laboratories
- Makers Space
- Active-Hybrid Learning Classroom
- Meeting Rooms
- Event Space
- Incubator Facilities
- Office Space
- Open-Office Workstations
- Shared Building Resources (Lobby, Multipurpose room(s) etc.)