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Wexford Science + Technology and UC Davis Build Aggie Square

Published 5/9/2024
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Wexford Science + Technology is constructing the $1.2 billion Aggie Square on the Sacramento campus of the University of California, Davis. Designed by ZGF Architects, the innovation district is being developed in association with GMH Capital Partners. The 8.25-acre site will feature an expansive plaza framed by three glass-clad structures providing between 230,000 sf and 310,000 sf each. Two of the buildings will provide leasable lab and office environments for research programs in engineering, life sciences, and technology. The adjacent Lifelong Learning Building will house instructional venues, dry research settings, a maker space, a two-story anatomy lab, and the Wexford Innovation Center.

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine will occupy 21,000 sf in a standalone facility to bring the research, testing, and educational programs of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory to this growing ecosystem. A residential hall with an open-air market will supply approximately 200 student housing units and a variety of healthy dining options informed by UC Davis' agricultural and nutritional expertise. Lastly, a mobility hub will connect light rail, shuttle, and electric bus services with bike-share amenities and a parking garage for 1,500 cars.

Targeting LEED Platinum certification, the sustainably designed project will be powered by an all-electric system and purchased renewables, which will minimize operational carbon. Whiting Turner began construction on the complex in June of 2022 and phased occupancy will commence in 2025.

Organization Project Role
Wexford Science + Technology
ZGF Architects LLP
GMH Capital Partners
Construction Manager