EVENT:  UCI will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its innovative Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Building, a $120 million edifice with 113,000 assignable square feet of room that will host transdisciplinary projects in line with two major themes: biomedicine for human health, and energy use and the environment. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman will be among the speakers.

WHEN/WHERE:  3 p.m. Monday, July 16, in parking lot 12B, adjacent to the Physical Sciences Lecture Hall, off East Peltason Drive and South Circle View Drive (grid H7 on campus map: https://communications.uci.edu/documents/pdf/UCI_16_map_campus_core.pdf)

INFORMATION:  This event is free and open to the public. Media planning to attend should contact Tom Vasich at 949-824-6455 or tmvasich@uci.edu. Parking is available in the Anteater Parking Structure for $10. It’s complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.

BACKGROUND:  Supported by a transformative $30 million gift from the Samueli Foundation, coupled with $50 million in state funds and $40 million in UCI funds, the Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Building is slated to be one of the largest integrative research facilities west of the Rocky Mountains. It will bring together faculty, students and staff from UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering, School of Physical Sciences and Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences. Scheduled to be completed by fall 2020, the structure will accommodate more than 50 faculty members – including high-profile new hires – and hundreds of students.