The 120,000-square-foot building was dedicated in November 2004, and consists of research labs, offices, support space, meeting space and a four-story atrium. It includes a 3,700 square-foot clean room that provides a filtered-air environment, a large-scale visualization lab, a network lab, and labs for optical devices, nanotechnology and media arts.
The building is also home to TechPortal, a technology business incubator that can house up to eight companies in its 1460 square feet of space.
The Calit2 building is considered a living lab, containing open research space that can be reconfigured easily to accommodate evolving research projects.
The structure is equipped throughout with high-speed wireless Internet access, UCI’s first Voice-over-IP phone system and customized ad hoc in-house networks. It also includes high-capacity access to statewide and nationwide high-speed fiber optic networks, as well as the ability to handle future internal fiber optic networks.
In collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, researchers equipped the building with more than 40 seismic sensors that measure ground motion and building motion with the same system.
The building, which was designed by Johnson Fain Partners and constructed by PCL Construction Services, was named "Best of 2005" in the higher education category by California Construction magazine.