Representative of UCI’s commitment to advance interdisciplinary science and engineering research, the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building serves as a catalyst for research innovation and a model of cross-discipline collaboration.
The over 200,000-square-foot space was completed in 2021 and includes instructional computer labs, wet and dry laboratories and their associated support spaces, research office and scholarly activity space, and academic, administrative and office space.
Partnering with LMN Architects and UCI, Tangram provided furniture for many of these spaces from manufacturers including Steelcase, Orangebox, Davis, Keilhauer, Bernhardt, Coalesse, Zen Booth and SitOnIt Seating. Tangram offered furniture selection, planning and finish selection for administrative offices, private offices, lab spaces, classrooms, social areas and collaborative workspaces. Furniture was selected intentionally to sustain high use and offer various comfortable modes of learning, socializing and studying. Colorful and textural finishes that complemented UCI’s royal blue were chosen to bring energy and spirit to every space.
The project has set a new standard for the future of research programs at UCI. It successfully embodies the University’s culture of collaboration and interdisciplinary engagement while providing cost-effective spatial solutions for high-quality research and office spaces. Every aspect of the design was conceived to optimize research functionality, foster social performance, and enrich the overall campus experience, keeping UCI at the forefront of innovation in higher education.