About Us



The Multidisciplinary Research Building (MRB) is a four-story, 125,000-square-foot structure located on the north side of the UCR campus, on 169 Aberdeen Drive between the Recreational Building South and the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering . It houses offices, laboratories, and other support space for faculty research. Its research “clients” include teams in the life sciences, chemical sciences, medicine, and engineering departments. Overall, the building increases research space on campus by 9 percent — bringing the total amount to just over 1 million square feet. MRB is part of an expansion of research space over the last decade that includes the 2016 opening of the Advanced Neuroimaging building, the Material Science and Engineering building in 2011, and the School of Medicine Research building in 2010.

MRB represents two additional milestones for the campus: It’s the first major design-build project and first LEED Platinum-certified project. Design-build is a streamlined process in which one company handles both aspects of the project. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a certification developed by the U.S. Green Building Council for energy-efficient buildings, with Platinum being the highest of four levels.