Both the brick and glass curtain wall finishes on the exterior of the Lifelong Learning building (foreground) were made by some of the many Sacramento-based firms working on the project. Photo courtesy of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.


A life science innovation center is taking shape on the Sacramento campus of the University of California, Davis. The $1.2-billion project combines a design that reflects the history and feel of its location through the use of locally sourced materials with cutting-edge technological capabilities that will foster groundbreaking research.

Made possible through a public-private-partnership, Aggie Square will feature state-of-the-art research laboratories, mixed-use spaces, classrooms and offices that will be occupied by UC Davis as well as by private industry and start-ups. Navigating volatile markets throughout the design phase and mitigating those impacts during construction, while at the same time maintaining a collaborative approach, has stretched the project team’s flexibility and creativity since construction began in spring 2022.

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