The Cove Doubles Down on Innovation

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November 19, 2019 By Ethan Perez

UCI Beall Applied Innovation’s new location is twice the size of previous space.

UCI Beall Applied Innovation recently moved from its 46,000-square-foot facility into a three-story, 100,000-plus-square-foot building to better address the needs of campus innovators, entrepreneurs and the Orange County ecosystem.

“We are leading the UC system in how universities connect and work with the community,” said Richard Sudek, Applied Innovation’s executive director and chief innovation officer at UC Irvine.

The new location – still situated in UCI Research Park – was part of the former headquarters of Broadcom, and was completely renovated to offer new resources and to build upon the original space’s inviting atmosphere.

The first floor features enhanced versions of the state-of-the-art event spaces with which longtime Cove visitors are familiar. This includes a larger Beach with seating for about 300 guests and a 134-foot-long Hiperwall screen, as well as a larger screening room, called Venture Cove, with seating for a combined 200 guests that can be split into three separate rooms of varying sizes. What’s more, the aptly named Longboard Lounge area can accommodate larger crowds or be used as multiple break areas, networking spaces and also to serve guests, in addition to the Tiki Bar, a fully designed entertainment space with indoor and outdoor seating.

To make things more interesting, a revamped makerspace full of equipment and bench space now resides on the first floor for entrepreneurs to build prototypes.

New to the Cove and split between the first and second floors is UCI’s Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative (COSI), which aims to develop and commercialize biophotonics technologies for human health, research and medical devices. The space features 8,000 square feet of laser labs that include a linear particle accelerator and 2,000 square feet of office space.

Joining COSI on the second floor are offices and workspaces for ecosystem partners, tenants and Applied Innovation staff, as well as a large open coworking space for the many Wayfinder startups that spend time at the Cove developing their companies.

More offices and workspaces for Cove tenants are located on the third floor along with a UCI Esports training facility and one collaborative neighbor, University Lab Partners, a nonprofit program of the Beall Family Foundation. Here, all Southern California startups can more easily access much-needed wet lab space to conduct vital experiments and validation testing.

Visit the Cove by attending an upcoming event and stay tuned for an official announcement on the grand opening in 2020.

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