UC San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center and Thornton Hospital Expansion

La Jolla, CA
UC San Diego Health System
DPR Construction
Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering

KPFF served as the structural engineer of record for the state-of-the-art Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, which is the first facility in San Diego providing cardiovascular research, services and programs in one location. The 130,000-gsf acute care addition to UCSD Thornton Hospital consists of 4 primary levels supporting a combination of emergency departments, operating suites, cath labs, and patient suites, plus two additional interstitial levels. The interstitial levels provide access and maintenance to the MEP systems, while not interrupting critical departments below. Steel SidePlate moment frames are utilized for the lateral system. Unique aspects of this project include forming a “High Performing Team” that started with a “Board of Directors” comprised of the leaders from the key firms involved. This approach led to a collaborative, creative, and highly functional integrated project team that has surpassed every goal set for the project to date. This project also included incremental design packages to accommodate procurement and construction schedules along with the incorporation of subcontractor design assist comments early in the design process. The project was fully modeled in REVIT Structure, and an extensive clash-detection and 3D coordination process has been utilized to streamline construction. KPFF has also provided onsite representation during the construction process to quickly address issues as they arise. The project was completed in January 2011 and occupied by April 2011.