Featured Projects

Center for Novel Therapeutics

Center For Novel Therapeuticsrender

The Center for Novel Therapeutics (CNT) will promote creation of new, personalized therapeutics through research conducted by UC San Diego investigators and private sector collaborators in a shared space. The project seeks to unite necessary multidisciplinary expertise to discover new, more effective treatment, diagnostic and prevention interventions and shorten the time required to bring these new interventions to clinical trials.

Students and post-doctoral fellows will be trained in drug discovery, create shared resources and learning forums of mutual interest to academic and private sector scientists. The CNT will also facilitate transition of therapies ready and available for early human testing into the clinical arena through highly sophisticated clinical research resources at UC San Diego.

The 110,000 GSF project is envisioned as a three-story structure that would include a combination of 366 below-grade and surface parking spaces. The program includes wet and dry laboratories, bioengineering core facilities, research support spaces, clinical space, human subject assessment (but not patient care), lecture hall and offices.

Proximity to the Moores Cancer Center is required to facilitate use by clinicians and research subjects. The project also includes pedestrian and landscape improvements.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Kathy Lord
  • Architect: Perkins + Will
  • Project Phase: Construction
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Spring 2019
  • Location: East Campus Neighborhood – Science Research Park (map)

Design and Innovation Building

Design and Innovation Building render

This 75,000-square-foot collaborative workspace aims to encourage new ideas, products and services that contribute to UC San Diego’s entrepreneurial spirit. Specifically, the goal is to encourage more collaboration between the colleges of Engineering and Visual Arts, the Office of Innovation and Commercialization and the Alumni Association. This will be done via multipurpose building space that can be easily reconfigured for all sorts of programs, meetings and studio learning.

While the project will be physically attached to the current Structural Materials & Engineering building, it will operate independently. The project site is next to the new Light Rail Transit (LRT) station, which will connect UC San Diego to the larger community. When the LRT station is complete, the Design and Innovation Building will serve as an important piece of the gateway to the campus.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Christina Mannion, (858) 534-6119
  • Architect: HOK Architects
  • Project Phase: Pre-Design  
  • Completion Date: May 2021
  • Location: Sixth College Neighborhood

Interdisciplinary Engineering Building

In an effort to meet the needs of its growing student population, the Jacobs School of Engineering is adding a free standing building that will feature 200,000 gross-square-feet of laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices, meeting space, an auditorium and café. The building will be designed to foster collaborations between various fields of research via shared laboratories and work areas.

The new construction will make room for more faculty, which will improve student-to-teacher ratio. The project site will also be connected to the university’s existing pedestrian paths and bike lanes, meaning a car won’t be necessary to access the building.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Mark Rowland, (858) 822-0725
  • Architect: Perkins+Wills
  • Project Phase: Pre-Design
  • Completion Date: August 2021
  • Location: North Campus Neighborhood

Jacobs Medical Center

Jacobs Medical Center

A new 10-story hospital tower is now the crown jewel at UC San Diego Health – La Jolla. Opened in November 2016, this 510,000-square-foot leading-edge medical center features 245 inpatient beds serving the areas of surgical services, cancer and cardiac care, clinical trials, emergency and urgent care, birthing options and more.

Named in recognition of a $75 million gift from the Joan and Irwin Jacobs family, the project also brings 65,000 square feet of renovation improvements to the Thornton Pavilion (formerly Thornton Hospital), an inpatient facility that’s part of the Jacobs Medical Center campus.

Lastly, a nearly 40,000-square-foot stand-alone utility plant is being built to support the hospital along with a helistop on the roof of the new hospital tower. While the hospital tower is now open, the other project components are slated for completion in fall 2017.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Michael Roush, (858) 534-2866
  • Architect: Cannon Design
  • Project Phase: Completed fall 2016
  • Location: East Campus in La Jolla

Mesa Nueva Student Housing

Mesa Nueva Student Housing render

Six new buildings, ranging in height from four and eight stories, plus a new multi-story parking structure will provide new housing on UC San Diego’s east campus in La Jolla for single graduate and professional students.

In total, the six buildings will add about 1,355 new beds to the campus inventory including approximately 250 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as about 850 micro-apartments that are similar to studios and designed for single graduate and professional students, who comprise 97 percent of the wait list for campus housing.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Juli Smith, (858) 822-1527
  • Architect: Mithun
  • Project Phase: Construction  
  • Anticipated Completion Date: December 1, 2017
  • Location: East Campus Neighborhood (map)

Mesa Housing Pedestrian and Bike Bridge

Mesa Housing Pedestrian and Bike Bridge

This bridge will provide a much-needed connection between Mesa Housing and the Medical Center, while also encouraging walking and biking with significantly shorter, safer routes to almost every part of campus.  The bridge will span 465 linear feet and will feature a 10-foot-wide bike lane and a separate 6-foot-wide pedestrian walkway. The bridge will also cross over the environmentally sensitive Central Canyon to ensure there will be no permanent impacts to the nearby wetlands and surrounding natural environment.

The northwest end of the bridge will tie into the existing sidewalk at Medical Center Drive, providing direct connectivity to the new Gilman Drive Bridge. At the southeast end of bridge ramp, the pathway will connect to Miramar Street, allowing people to go east or west along Miramar Street at the housing complex.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Ross Kunishige, (858) 822-4841
  • Project Architect: Working Drawings
  • Project Phase: Pre-Design
  • Completion Date: January 2019
  • Location: East Campus Neighborhood

North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood

North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood render

The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood will be an exciting new addition to the UC San Diego campus. It represents a unique opportunity to plan, design and build a vibrant mixed-use community incorporating residential, academic and administrative space.

Located on the west campus between Muir and Marshall Colleges, the Living and Learning Neighborhood will also feature dining and retail space as well as parking. With plentiful open space and a pedestrian and bike-friendly layout, the new neighborhood will be a welcoming space for all who are there to live, learn, work or visit.

For details, visit livinglearning.ucsd.edu.

Project Details

  • Program Manager: Walter Kanzler, (858) 534-4094
  • Architect: HKS in association with Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Project Phase: Design
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2020
  • Location: West Campus Neighborhood

Osler Parking Structure

Osler Parking Structure render

Located at the corner of Gilman Drive and Osler Lane, the project proposes to build 1,200–1,400 parking spaces, replacing parking lot P604 (250 spaces) and adjacent to the Grove boundary. The parking structure will allow access from Gilman Drive, reducing traffic on Osler Lane.

Peak campus parking occupancy rates range from 94%–98%. The site was identified because several major campus destinations are within a 10-minute walk.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Dennis Brown, (858) 246-0185
  • Architect: Gensler/Swinerton
  • Project Phase: Construction  
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018
  • Location: School of Medicine Neighborhood (map)

Outpatient Pavilion

Outpatient Pavilion render

The Outpatient Pavilion aims to improve outpatient care by streamlining the resources and support needed to deliver quality care, all in one building.

The nearly 150,000 square-foot facility houses several programs and services, which thereby provides extended support to the Jacobs Medical Center. Specific program uses include ambulatory surgery, outpatient imagery, physical therapy and disease-specific clinics that focus on pain, urology, musculoskeletal care, breast health and infusion.

The new Outpatient Pavilion is being built on a 3.5 acre site on the La Jolla campus and is targeting a LEED Silver certification.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Rod Barker, (858) 822-1971
  • Architect: CO Architects
  • Project Phase: Construction 
  • Anticipated Completion Date: November 24, 2018
  • Location: East Campus Neighborhood (map)

Reclaimed Water Expansion and Cooling Tower Retrofit

Reclaimed water pipes

Increased sustainability is a priority at UC San Diego and this project aims to further that effort by curbing campus water consumption.

This $6 million project includes extending underground reclaimed water pipelines and condensate collecting lines. The campus also plans to retrofit the existing cooling tower of the main cogeneration plant so that it can use reclaimed water.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Laura Moore, (858) 822-2453
  • Architect: Nasland Engineering
  • Project Phase: Construction
  • Anticipated Completion Date: December 31, 2017
  • Location: Campus

Tata Hall for the Sciences

Tata Hall for the Sciences render

A new state-of-the-art building is under construction for students studying biological sciences and chemistry/biochemistry at UC San Diego. The 132,000-square-foot project will include eight new wet and dry laboratories designed to accommodate up to 24 students each.

The building will also feature several support spaces like equipment rooms, controlled temperature rooms, a satellite vivarium, procedure rooms, chemical storage rooms, tissue culture room and more.

Academic office space to support faculty and postdoctoral scholars providing instruction and research in the building are also part of the new construction, along with an auditorium and a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility.

Located in the campus’s Revelle College Neighborhood, the new Biological and Physical Sciences Building will provide opportunities for expanded research and teaching as well as opportunities for collaboration with chemistry and biochemistry when it opens in summer 2018.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Brad Phipps, (858) 534-7858
  • Architect: CO Architects
  • Project Phase: Construction
  • Anticipated Completion Date: Summer 2018
  • Project Location: Revelle College Neighborhood (map)

University Center – Gateway Complex

The Triton Pavilion project will provide a memorable principal entrance and an active central district for the students, staff, visitors and local University of California San Diego community. This project will improve the student campus experience and strengthen connections in the public realm across the university to support the university transformation of living and learning community. Ultimately, the project will assist the university in attracting, retaining and growing the universities top-quality and diverse body of faculty and students. This important project will provide enhancements to the central campus core that will support a diverse and collaborative interdisciplinary culture by providing spaces and places that will strengthen community engagement and public service while increasing the greater community’s awareness of UC San Diego’s impact and role locally, regionally and globally.

The project will consist of a collection of buildings that will serve the university’s extension program, the Office of International Studies, the Alumni Center, Health Sciences, a student wellness/ health clinic, a welcome center, campus administration offices, retail and amenity spaces and the urban development of the public realm surrounding these buildings. Design for the public realm of the central campus will also provide a rich urban experience, connect the academic corridors across the campus and provide vitality to the campus’ urban central core.

The buildings will have approximately 180,000 assignable square feet (ASF) and 280,000 overall gross square feet (OGSF). The construction budget is estimated to be approximately $159,200,000. This project will be subject to the campus/university academic and administrative approval process. Anticipated completion of construction is June 2021.

Project Details

  • Architect: N/A
  • Project Phase: Pre-Design
  • Anticipated Completion Date: May 1, 2021
  • Location: Sixth College Neighborhood