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Bren Center Rising on UC Irvine Campus

March 16, 1986

December completion is scheduled for the $13.5-million, 5,000-seat Donald Bren Events Center on the campus of UC Irvine.

The three-story, privately funded facility--named in honor of its major donor, the chairman of the board of the Irvine Co.--will be used for basketball and other indoor sports, as well as concerts, lectures and cultural events.

Bren personally contributed $1 million, while his company contributed $500,000 to the project. The center was designed by Parkin Architects, Los Angeles, the firm that designed the Wooden Center at UCLA. Saffell & McAdam Inc., Irvine, is the general contractor.

The center is being built into a hillside, visually reducing the height of the arena, providing an "appropriate human scale" to the campus environment, according to Lloyd Ross of Saffell & McAdam.

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