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Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Facts

August 27, 2013
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute opens new building in September 2013

Mission: To develop and provide technologies, educational programs, and patient-care solutions that enhance visual health and performance for people in Orange County, the nation and the world through cooperation with medical professionals, industry and the community.

Size: 70,000 square feet

About the building:

  • Ambulatory surgery center with two operating suites and a laser cataract procedure room
  • 8,000-square-foot eye clinic with laser procedure rooms and state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology
  • Translational clinical research center for innovative therapy trials
  • 34 examination rooms; four dedicated to pediatrics
  • LASIK refractive surgery centerGavin Herbert Eye Institute Surgery Center entryway
  • Oculofacial plastic surgery center with one dedicated procedure room
  • More than 1,500 square feet of education and conference space
  • Optometry shop, with one full-time optometrist, one part-time optometrist and two opticians
  • 3 entrances: surgery suites, garden level and office level
  • First LEED Gold-eligible clinical services building at UC Irvine
  • Braille Institute-inspired interior design helps patients with impaired vision
  • Dedicated pediatric space with play-oriented waiting room and restroom with toddler-height sink and toilet
  • First clinical building on campus since the 1988 completion of Gottschalk Medical Plaza

Cost to build: $39 million

Capital funding: 100 percent private philanthropy

Major donors:

  • Abbott Medical Optics Inc.
  • Alcon Foundation
  • Allergan Foundation
  • Julia and George Argyros
  • Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Esther and James Cavanaugh
  • Discovery Eye Foundation
  • Josephine Herbert Gleis, Ninetta and Gavin Herbert
  • Kratz Foundation
  • Marsha and Bill Link
  • Kelly and James Mazzo

About the institute

  • Eight UCI Health eye specialists are named “Best Doctors in America®”: Swaraj Bose, MBBS; Marjan Farid, MD; Sumit (Sam) Garg, MD; Baruch D. Kuppermann, MD, PhD; Linda Lippa, MD; Sameh Mosaed, MD; Jennifer L. Simpson, MD; Roger F. Steinert, MD.
  • Our innovators hold seven U.S. patents for discoveries and developments related to eye health.
  • Our eye specialists were the first in Orange County to implant a miniature telescope to improve vision in patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration.
  • Our eye specialists pioneered use of a femtosecond laser for a laser-based approach to corneal transplant surgery, replacing the steel blade.


  • Architect: DES Architects and Engineers
  • Contractor: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co.
  • Landscaping: Lynn Capouya Inc.
  • Electrical: Cupertino Electric Inc.
  • Plumbing, HVAC and mechanical pipe: University Mechanical
  • Reinforcing steel: Pacific Coast Steel
  • Glass and glazing: Walters & Wolf
  • Framing and drywall: Martin Bros

Source: UCI Health Advancement