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Construction of the new health sciences campus

Have you driven by our new Henry & Susan Samueli College of Health Sciences (COHS) campus? You may have noticed how quickly our five-story, 108,200-square-foot building is going up on the corner of Bison and California avenues adjacent to the UCI Research Park. We are excited to share the progress with you in the photos below. Check back monthly for the latest updates.

The Full Story

Read the full story of the construction on UCI News.

Timelapse from Webcam

A live webcam has been recording since the groundbreaking. Watch the building go up in the timelapse video below.


September 2021

COHS building

COHS building

Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences: Construction is rapidly moving forward with the installation of floor to ceiling exterior window walls and cement staircases between floors. We remain on schedule and are looking forward to our students, faculty and staff making full use of this spectacular new facility in 2022.  


SON and COHS building

Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing & Health Sciences Hall: Quite a lot of development has taken place since last month’s update. Two more floors have been added with the third-floor nursing and auditorium foundations currently being poured. A terrace will be added to the second floor toward the end of September. 


August 2021

construction photos

College of Health Sciences: Our Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences building recently reached an exciting milestone with the topping off of the last beam of the fifth floor. We celebrated with our generous donors, Susan and Henry Samueli. With the exterior structure now complete, framing of interior walls has begun, fire sprinklers are being installed, and work on the exterior walls will soon start. 


construction photos

Nursing & Health Sciences Hall: The structure of the adjacent Sue & Bill Gross Nursing & Health Sciences Hall building is taking shape. The first floor foundation, vertical elements, and retaining walls are now complete, and the second floor deck is going up.


wellness walk

Wellness Walk: Visitors to our campus will be able to stroll along a scenic 600-foot-long wellness walk that connects the new buildings to the School of Medicine’s Biomedical Research Center and main campus. The walkway has been poured, curbs and gutters complete and planting and irrigation installation is already in progress! Asphalt and paving will be completed soon as well.


July 2021

construction photos

Strategic Design: An aerial view of the site shows the upside-down L-shape of the building with the COHS portion at the top of the photo and the School of Nursing footings pointing up out of the ground to the left. Design elements for the health sciences and nursing complex will combine classrooms, research labs and meeting spaces into collective environments that will foster innovation and discovery.


June 2021

leaders on construction site

Our Dream Team: UCI Health Affairs Vice Chancellor and founding COHS deans recently toured the construction site where they will soon be housed. From left, Bernadette Boden-Albala, Director and Founding Dean, Program in Public Health; Steve Goldstein, Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs; Michael Stamos, Dean, School of Medicine; Adey Namathy, Founding Dean, School of Nursing; Jan Hirsch, Founding Dean, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Shaista Malik, Executive Director, Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute.


construction photos

Integrating Components: The aerial view of the COHS building provides a panoramic look at the massive scale of the project. In addition to the building, the site will house a 150-seat auditorium, a central courtyard that connects with the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, landscape design elements that support activities such as yoga and tai chi, a Zen garden, and a 600-foot-long wellness walk that leads to the School of Medicine’s Biomedical Research Center.


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Launching Next Phase: The foundation of the adjacent 71,500-square-foot Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing building is being installed as well as the first floor’s retaining wall.



May 2021

construction photos

construction photos

The new street view.


construction photos


March 2021

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construction photos

The rising columns.


construction photos

A new path forged. 


February 2021

Construction workers deep in the ground

Workers laying a firm foundation and footings. 


Columns erected in some areas

Columns and shear walls are nearly completed.