University of California, Riverside

Architects & Engineers

Pierce Hall Renovation



Pierce Hall is being renovated to improve the quality of instructional and research environments, address space deficiencies, and help position the campus to achieve its strategic goals. The building systems in Pierce Hall are no longer adequate to support the contemporary teaching and research needs of the building’s occupants. Improvements to these building systems and selective interior renovations will extend the useful life of the existing facility to support wet laboratory-based instructional programs and low to medium-intensity research laboratories. Additional instructional student laboratory stations and a new general assignment seminar room will be provided via renovation that will directly support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs.

The projects will renovate the North Wing and the first floor of the Center Wing to create new instructional laboratories and improve research laboratories in a core campus location. Former research laboratories will be converted into instructional laboratories on the first and second floors of the north wing, and existing research laboratories located on the third floor will be modernized. Four antiquated instructional laboratories in the Center Wing will also be renovated and other spaces converted to instructional laboratory support space. A new general assignment seminar room will be created in the South Wing.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System Upgrade. Change from constant to variable volume heating, cooling, and distribution throughout and replace or refurbish air handling units, valves, fans, pumps, heat exchangers, and control systems

Electrical System. Provide a new 480v/277v transformer substation and distribution boards for distribution to new 480v/277v equipment in the basement

Plumbing Systems. Replace the existing compressed air system(including valves, receiver, dryer, filters, and controls) with a new compressed air system.

Fire Protection Systems. Replace the existing control panel with a new panel. Install fire sprinklers throughout the building.

 Current Activity:

  • The bidding in October was not successful so it was determined to rebid the project.  The new bids are expected by 12/13 and construction is anticipated to begin the first of the year. It is anticipated that the completion of Phase One by 12/7/19 won’t be affected.

Next Steps:

  • Receive and analyze bids 
  • Award contracts
  • Install Construction Fencing 
  • 1/2019 Begin Construction


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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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