UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center

La Jolla, California

  • Services Structural Engineering
  • Market(s) Healthcare
  • Sustainability LEED Silver
  • Awards 2019 Vista Awards New Construction
    2018 SEAOSC Award of Merit for New Construction
    ENR CA Healthcare 2017 Award of Merit
    2017 Healthcare Interior Design Award, Hospitals-Community Category, International Design Association
    2017 Award of Merit, Healthcare Design
    2017 National Healthcare Design Award, AIA
    2016 Merit Award, Institutional Category, Southern California Development Forum Design Awards
    2014 IDA Gold Award First Prize, industrial and Life Science Design, International Design Awards


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  • Owner UC San Diego Health
  • Architect CannonDesign
  • Contractor Kitchell
  • Team Los Angeles, CA
UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center

KPFF is the Structural Engineer of record for this $943-million, 245-bed medical specialty center. The center includes advanced surgical, cancer and women and infants care. The project also includes a separate, 2-story, 39,306-sf Central Plant that was completed in early 2016. Jacobs Medical Center is connected to Thornton Hospital on multiple floors, which is also connected to the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and within walking distance to the Moores Cancer Center, all of which KPFF was the SEOR. Designed with a garden-based, low-carbon footprint, Jacobs has floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize natural light and promote healing along with outdoor courtyards and terraces. There is also a rooftop helicopter landing pad, dedicated family areas with lounges and kitchenettes on each inpatient floor and two underground floors for mechanical equipment and services, including a blood bank and inpatient pharmacy. The 12-story, 509,500-sf hospital was completed in 2018 and is the first ground-up hospital to use Performance Based Design.

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