The UC Merced Medical Education Building will house the medical education program, developed in partnership with UCSF and UCSF-Fresno, allied healthcare-related programs developed in partnership with community colleges, the departments of Psychological Sciences and Public Health, the Health Sciences Research Institute, and a range of medical education and general assignment learning environments. The building will be approximately 185,000 gross square feet, four floors, fully electrified, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Platinum building.
The proposed action is for the Site and Make-Ready Work associated with the Medical Education Building, consisting of two elements: 1) The first element entails studying the feasibility of pulling two additional Pacific Gas and Electric electrical feeds into the campus to increase service power to the campus and implementing the most cost-effective approach. Upgrading the power will include augmenting the existing transformer capacity to enable the building to be fully electrified; and 2) The second element of the project is the relocation of the campus’s primary stormwater retention basin from Cottonwood Meadow to the south and east of the campus to clear the site for the Medical Education building.
Pursuant to State law and University procedures for implementation of CEQA, the project has been analyzed in the UC Merced Medical Education Building Project Environmental Impact Report (SCH 2021040047). The EIR also includes an updated supplemental program-level transportation impact analysis of campus growth under the 2020 Long Range Development Plan using a vehicle miles traveled metric consistent with updates to the State CEQA Guidelines pursuant to Senate Bill 743 (Section 15064.3(b)).