A huge UC Davis tech campus is coming to this neighborhood in Sacramento

New UC Davis tech campus in Sacramento, California

In April, UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May (M.S.’88, Ph.D.’91 EECS) announced plans for a 25-acre technology and innovation district at the university’s medical center campus in Sacramento.

Sacramento Bee: The city of Sacramento and UC Davis announced Thursday that they will build a large technology and innovation campus on the university’s medical center property, along the Stockton Boulevard corridor bordering Oak Park.

The center, called Aggie Square, would sit on 25 acres that the university has set aside for a research and innovation district. The site could eventually fit about 1 million square feet of research space, parks and entertainment venues. Housing may be built on private land bordering the campus.

UC Davis Chancellor Gary May and Mayor Darrell Steinberg said the campus would serve as a research center, teaching space and job creator aimed at providing the university with a strong presence on the Sacramento side of the Yolo Causeway. The site will be modeled after Technology Square, a multi-block academic and entertainment district in Midtown Atlanta.

May said Aggie Square would “create a hub of innovation and community-building here in Sacramento to advance both our academic and research missions and to bolster the economic vitality of the city.” May was formerly a dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech, a partner in Atlanta’s tech center.

University and city officials said Aggie Square development would take years, and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, said it would eventually cost “tens of millions, if not hundreds, for this to be implemented.”

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