UCLA Centennial Collaboratory – our most collaborative project yet

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Thanks to generous support from alumni and friends, we are transforming our former library into innovative space, enhancing the UCLA experience for thousands of Bruins.

If you have been on campus recently, you may have noticed the former 4th floor Young Hall Library space is under construction. Expected to be completed during UCLA’s Centennial Year, the Collaboratory will be the heart of fostering collaboration in the UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry community with a fully-equipped study lounge, much-needed lecture hall, as well as group meeting and tutoring rooms—all of which will inspire collaboration and help students thrive.

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Artist rendering of the Donor Wall. Naming opportunities begin at less than $6/day.

This is a special opportunity to take your place among your friends and classmates and name a molecule on the highly visible donor wall in the new Centennial Collaboratory. Gifts of $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000 will be unveiled on molecules during the ribbon cutting ceremony. The donor wall of molecules will be a visual representation of the many Bruins and friends who come together to make the department strong. To learn more, or to arrange to see the space in person, please contact Brooke Sanders, Executive Director of Development, UCLA Physical Sciences, 310-794-9045, bsanders@support.ucla.edu

Join us in this exciting collaborative project! Give now.

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An overview of the 6,500 square foot Collaboratory which will have a state-of-the-art lecture hall, offices and meetings rooms, and a fully-equipped study lounge. (Click on image to view higher resolution version.)

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(Left) The cutting-edge seminar and conference hall will have 142 seats – the largest for our department. (Right) The fully-equipped study lounge.

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The space housed the Science & Engineering Library Chemistry Collection until July 2010. 

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After the library was closed, the space was used as a study hall and meeting space, and as a venue for departmental events, but did not reflect the stature of our #1 Public University as well as our desire to foster collaboration and help students thrive.

We are very grateful to the supporters whose generous donations have made the vision of the Collaboratory possible: UCLA postdoctoral fellow, physicist, and bestselling author Mani L. Bhaumik, former Jung postdoctoral fellow Dongwon Yoo, Jim (’77) and Barbara Tsay, Atsuko (Ph.D. ’63, M.D. ’69) and Akira Fujimoto (’60), Raymond (’43) and Dorothy Wilson, and Karen (M.S. ’65) and William Timberlake (M.S. ’66). 

The Collaboratory space was designed by Irandi and Nathan Nutting of The Design Collectiv, an architectural design firm based in Orange County. UCLA Facilities, headed up by Steven Chang, are overseeing the construction. 

Watch videos of the progress! 

7/11/18 – demolition begins 

7/20/18 – after the removal of debris

3/5/19 – after the removal of the windows