The UC Merced 2020 Project was a big winner at P3 Bulletin’s annual P3 Awards ceremony held in Washington D.C. last month, claiming the Gold Award for Best Social Infrastructure Project, along with the Silver Award in the Government Agency of the Year category. The award comes approximately one year after the historic groundbreaking on the project, which is currently under construction.

The project consists of the comprehensive development, design, construction, financing, operations, and maintenance of academic, administrative, research, recreational, student residence, and student services buildings. The campus expansion is intended to support projected enrollment growth from 6,200 current students to 10,000 students by the 2020-2021 academic year. The project is the first higher education availability payment P3 project to be awarded in the United States. (Stay tuned to the Infra Insight blog for a project update, coming soon).

This year’s awards also saw the Best Individual Contribution Prize celebrating work done at the municipal level in the U.S., with the award going to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Mayor Garcetti was instrumental in the recently re-opened Angels Flight® project, and serves as the Chairman of the LA Metro Board of Directors.