IRVINE, CA-McCarthy Building Cos. has started construction on an $82.8 million Education and Social Sciences Building at UC Santa Barbara that will house film and television programs for a number of university programs as well as an expanded facility for its autism treatment program. The complex will consist of three buildings totaling 209,570 sf, providing facilities for the university’s College of Letters and Science; its Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media and for the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education.

The College of Letters and Science portion of the development will house various departments of the college and will occupy a four-story, 96,700-sf building. The building will include classrooms, offices, meeting rooms and film archives.

For the Carsey-Wolf Center, McCarthy will build a 298-seat digital movie theater, which will be a classroom by day and public theater by night. The theater will be part of the Film, Television and New Media Building.

The two-story, 15,570-sf film building will serve to expand the film studies department’s teaching programs. It will include production labs, animation rooms and a sound stage.

The Gevirtz Graduate School for Education portion of the project will be a 97,300-sf center for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of autism. With the new construction, the Koegel Autism Center will double its existing clinical space as well as include additional treatment facilities, a children’s play area, a private entrance and a garden.

The four-story Gevirtz School Building will also house classrooms, faculty offices, meeting rooms and support spaces. It and the other buildings are scheduled for completion in July 2009.

The McCarthy project is being designed by Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood Architects. Additional consultants include Leo A. Daly, associate architect; Ove Arup & Partners for structural, mechanical and electrical engineering; Auerbach, Pollock, Friedlander for theatre/audio visual; Penfield & Smith for civil engineering; and Katherine Spitz Associates Inc. for landscaping.

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