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New engineering and technology buildings slated

Rendering of San Diego Supercomputer Center expansion project.
Rendering of San Diego Supercomputer Center expansion project.

UCSD broke ground June 2006 on an expansion that will double the size of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). When construction is complete in 2008, the national science, engineering, and technology center will have 160,000 square-feet to operate its high-performance computers and data systems and to house nearly 400 staff. An expanded machine room will host the next generation of supercomputers and one of the nation's largest data storage resources, currently offering users more than 18 petabytes of tape storage and 2 petabytes of disk storage. A state-of-art visualization facility will also be part of the expansion.

California voters approved the $10.4 billion statewide school bond on the November ballot, giving the green light for plans to move forward for construction of the Jacobs School's new Structural and Materials Engineering Building. The 110,000 square-foot building will provide teaching, office, and lab space for the Department of Structural Engineering and for faculty working in the area of materials science. The first floor will also include studio space for faculty and students in visual arts. Construction of the $73 million building—the11th major engineering and technology facility on the UCSD campus—is expected to be complete by 2010.