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2300 Delaware Avenue

2300 Delaware Exterior


Laboratory science doesn’t usually demand a thirty-foot tall, net-swaddled arena, but robotics and motion capture demand airspace. Now, after nearly a decade of planning, construction and retrofitting, the University of California Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering finally has the room to let its wings unfurl.

On September 3rd, 2019 Baskin School of Engineering opened its first new facility since the opening of its Silicon Valley campus in 2016:  2300 Delaware Avenue, a former Texas Instruments semiconductor fabricator located beside the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. 

The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute will be the first official Baskin School of Engineering tenants in the new building. They will occupy the former Texas Instruments administrative offices, which have been completely renovated.

Two other new laboratories, smart power and robotics/motion-capture, will also relocate to 2300 Delaware. Professors Keith Corzine, Leila Parsa, Ricardo Sanfelice, Gabriel Elkhaim, Mircea Teodorescu, Michael Wehner, and Yu Zhang will be moving to the new facility.

They will join existing faculty labs from PbSci who are researching Materials Science, which also requires specialized equipment and lab space. 

2300 Delaware Google Site

Active Research Labs

UCSC Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE)

UCSC Genomics Institute

Building A/B 2nd Floor West
The Genomics Institute has moved in effective August 2019.

Electrical & Computer Engineering Department (ECE)

  • C106A Research Lab - Prof Michael Wehner
  • C106C Flexible Wing Measurement Lab - Prof Mircea Teodorescu
  • C149 Shared ECE Lab - Materials Research
  • C151/151A Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research (NECTAR) - Prof Nobby Kobayashi
  • C189 Smart Power Lab, Prof Keith Corzine & Prof Leilia Parsa
  • C105/190 Robotics Lab, Prof Mircea Teodorescu, Prof Michael Wehner

    UCSC Physical and Biological Sciences Division (PBSci)
    Physics Dept

  • C147 Low Temperature Mate rials Science Research - Prof Art Ramirez
  • C150 Iridium Satellite Receiving Station supporting Balloon Array for Radiation belt Relativistic Electron Losses (BARREL) - Prof Smith
  • C163 Fundamental Properties of materials in reduced dimensions - Prof David Lederman
  • C165 Fundamental material science research, probing visualizing and manipulating Dirac electrons Prof Jairo Valesco Lab
  • TDB (new materials lab being designed) Prof Aiming Yan

UCSC Arts Division (Arts)

  • B180/182 - Center for Force Majeure Studio - Prof Newton Harrison

    Projects in Construction, Design or Planning

    Art Division (Arts)

  • B180 -future home for Masters in Fine Arts offices
  • C145 - future Masters in Fine Arts Studio Timelines for the Arts Divisions projects are currently being developed.


Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE)

Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

  • C106 - Cyber Physical Systems Research Center (CPSRC) (Director - Professor Ricardo Sanfelice) The CPSRC (C106 suite) at the North-East Corner of Building C. CPSRC will be a series of partnerships between industry and UCSC researchers.

BSOE & PBSci Joint Project

  • Laboratory Infrastructure connections for first (pioneer) wet labs at Delaware (Kobayashi, Ramirez, ECE Labs)

Social Sciences (SocSci)

  • C114/114A,/114B - Future MB Archaeological Archives 

General Building Improvements

  • C144C - Bicycle Commuter Room (day storage for bicycles & equipment) in progress
  •  Bike shower lockers, placement completed.
  • Lobby Beautification - some items completed.
  • C101 Conference Room Media (nearly completed)
  • Landscaping of South Entry areas (design in progress)


The Genomics Institute

The establishment of the Genomics Institute at 2300 Delaware Ave. represents a major step toward the campus’s long-term vision for the complex as a premier research center supporting the campus’s growing research programs and creating greater opportunities for collaboration and innovation. 


Built in 1980, this 18.5 acre site was built as a silicon wafer manufacturing plant and first used by Synertech, then AT&T, and then Silicon Systems, which was eventually acquired by Texas Instruments. Old timers refer to it as the "T.I. Building". Once the plant shut down, the property was on the market for years before UCSC bought it on the cheap in 2004 for 5 million dollars. Buildings A and B were slightly remodeled, and administrative staff began to occupy the building in September, 2005. Staff moved to Scotts Valley in 2017 and the facility is now under almost constant development as a science and research campus.

The nearby pond was created to float logs for the the huge San Vicente Lumber Company around 1905. The on-site mill produced approximately 400 million board feet of lumber, most of it destined to rebuild San Francisco after the big quake and fire. The trees were harvested from the San Vincente drainage, above the Swanton/Davenport area. The company shut down in 1923, and afterwards the site was used to grow begonias by the Antonelli Brothers. The pond, once known as Moore Creek Lake and Mill Lake, became Antonelli Pond. It has been gradually shrinking due to silt ever since.

2300 Delaware is an enormous complex: three buildings (A, B and C) encompassing 240,000 gross (154,000 net) square feet of space. There were state-of-the-art clean rooms inside, office space, loading docks, luncheon areas, and wide expanses of parking lot, all a mere three blocks from Natural Bridges State Park. For years it was one of the largest taxpayers in the county. But the punishing economics of semiconducting manufacture eventually left the Santa Cruz facility obsolete.

Silicon Systems Inc. (which had been purchased by what was then TDK) sold the 2300 Delaware Avenue complex to Texas Instruments in who in turn sold the plant to the University of California Santa Cruz. Since then, it’s had a number of evolutions: in the beginning Building B was used by the administration for office space until the Scotts Valley location was completed. Meanwhile, in Building C, retrofitting of the old clean rooms began: in 2009, the first two labs (for materials science) were completed in building C, and plans were drawn up for the next two: robotics and smart power which also required space and specialized equipment. The Genomics Institute was also expanding rapidly and needed space.


October 18, 2019 - Genomics Institute Open House