Facility Enhancements

You’ll Want to Watch Your Step in The Center

Flooring

Newport A meeting room has hopeful, innovative and a potentially earth-changing carpet solution. The modular square tiles and planks were created from discarded fishing nets. Inspired by a clean ocean, the carpeting comes in three gradations to form a foundation, texture, and transition like the ocean surface. Designers can combine these tiles in multiple shades of blue to mix, match, and create something new. The net effect is a carpeting solution that could reimagine a straight line production model into a circle where what we take from nature gets put back. Newport A answers the question of how we can help our oceans.

For an attractive and practical solution inspired by nature, much of the walked on and worn out berber carpeting in The Center has been replaced with attractive two-toned hickory and pecan interlocking vinyl planks. This classic wood-floor look is easier to maintain and durable for heavy foot traffic. The vinyl is comfortable under foot, easy to install, is completely water resistant and very quiet.

Al Fresco Study Lounge Re-Opens

Ma Atrium

The Student Center and the Ma Family with special guests celebrated the re-opening of the Thomas and Lillian Ma Garden Study Atrium. The open-air lounge is conveniently situated between the Courtyard Study Rooms on one side and the OIT@Student Center computer lab on the other. The atrium is lit by globe string lights, includes a peaceful water feature custom planters and more. The outdoor lounge is a quiet and comfortable reminder of The Center’s focus on learning outside the classroom.

Automatic Faucets and Flushers

Automatic Faucets and Flushers

As drought patterns in California remain unpredictable, The Student Center has now replaced 90% of our faucets and flushers to reduce the amount of water being used. In alignment with UCI’s strategic goal to become more sustainable, these faucets and flushers are expected to reduce water consumption by 70%. In addition to wasting less water, these flushers and faucets are also automatic, thereby increasing sanitation for Student Center guests.

Faucets

New

Old

0.5

gallons per minute

2.5

gallons per minute

Toilets

New

Old

1.6

gallons per flush

3.5

gallons per flush

Urinals

New

Old

0.25

gallons per flush

1

gallon per flush

The Hill Monument

The Hill Monument

The Pereira Drive entrance to The Hill has a new custom-designed monument sign. The monument features a designer uplighting wall-wash light bar and is encircled by a landscape of plants native to California for an attention-getting and drought-happy entryway.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018