UC’s “front door to the community” — the 1819 Innovation Hub — continues to attract top-tier industry and nonprofit partners at the newly renovated facility at 2900 Reading Road in Avondale.
The $38 million facility, which opened last fall and continues to be developed as new tenants sign on, occupies a four-story building that once housed a Sears, Roebuck & Co. department store and was later home to UC Campus Services.
Named for the year UC was founded, the cavernous, 133,000-square-foot building brings together students, faculty and industry leaders to collaborate on creative solutions to a range of innovation challenges.
The hub houses a 12,000-square-foot makerspace, several classrooms, conference rooms and a multipurpose space capable of accommodating up to 150 guests. Other amenities include an event center, gallery, dining area, satellite corporate space and innovation labs.