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York Hall Seismic Improvements

York Hall West Façade

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Located in the Revelle College Neighborhood on the main campus, York Hall is an essential resource for teaching and research at UC San Diego. The project provided seismic improvements to York Hall, a 134,000 square-foot concrete structure built in 1966.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Robert Northrup
  • Executive Design Professional: LPA, Inc.
  • Contractor: PCL Construction Services, Inc.
  • Anticipated Completion: Fall 2023
  • Location: Revelle College

Price Center West Food Court Renovation

Price Center West

Originally built in 1989, Price Center West is located within University Centers at UC San Diego and serves as a central hub for campus dining and services. With a growing student population and aging facilities, Student Affairs University Center identified a need to revitalize the Price Center West dining commons, enhancing the interior and exterior dining areas. The dining experience, capacity and flow integration to the outdoor plaza were essential elements of the project.

This project renovated approximately 7,000 square feet of the interior food court, including common dining space, restrooms and access between Price Center West and East. The second phase renovated approximately 25,000 square feet of the exterior plaza with improvements to circulation, storm water treatment, landscaping and new canopy structure adjacent to Price Center West food court for an enhanced outdoor dining experience.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Robert Northrop
  • Executive Design Professional: Reyes Architects
  • Contractor: Swinerton Builders
  • Completed: Fall 2023
  • Location: University Centers

Café Ventanas

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This beautifully designed dining facility is the cornerstone of The Eleanore Roosevelt College community. In 2021, the addition of Seventh College to the north increased the surrounding community with additional undergraduate students. Another driving factor of this renovation was to represent all students, celebrate diversity and embrace culture with unique food offerings, including Black Diaspora.

Additional features include a full-service coffee house within the current dining room. This new espresso bar offers a full coffee menu, pastries and some retail packaged products. Upgraded seating throughout this space with an eclectic mix of materials, finishes and style, along with upgrades to the interior lighting system with energy-efficient LEDs are also considered.

Exterior improvements included creating a visually appealing path on the south side of the building leading from the street to the main entrance, introducing a new connection from Seventh College to the north. Improvements and enhancements to the outdoor patio/amphitheater seating areas with fun and comfortable furniture and a mix-use of materials was included in the design.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Keith Whaley
  • Executive Design Professional: Hanna Gabriel Wells (HGW)
  • Contractor: Suffolk Construction
  • Completed: Fall 2023
  • Location: Eleanor Roosevelt College
  • LEED Certification Goal: Certified

Campus Fire Water Upgrades

As the campus has expanded facilities over the last several years, campus-wide infrastructure upgrades were necessary to provide adequate water and fire services to create redundancy in our domestic water systems. Construction included demolition of surface improvements, excavation and installation of new domestic water pipe and appurtenances, and replacement of surface improvements. 

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Aaron Cooley
  • Phase: Construction
  • Completed: Spring 2023
  • Locations: Northpoint Lane, Ridge Walk, Hopkins Lane (site map)

Epstein Family Amphitheater and Public Realm Improvements

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This open-air amphitheater for students, faculty, staff and visitors will be used for formal and informal events. When not used for events, the amphitheater will be used for outdoor recreation as a part of the Pepper Canyon West Living and Learning Neighborhood. This new space enhances the experience for people arriving on campus via the Blue Line Trolley and includes pedestrian walkways and landscaping improvements to the area.

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Project Details

  • Project Manager: Bryan Macias
  • Executive Design Professional: Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Contractor: BNBuilders
  • Completed: Fall 2022
  • Location: Pepper Canyon
  • LEED Certification Goals:
    • Amphitheater: Gold
    • Athletic Training Room: Gold

Marine Conservation and Technology Facility

Marine Conservation and Technology Facility

The project converted Building D, and the basement portion of Building A, from the original construction of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center built in 1963 on Scripps land. In 2013, NOAA built a new facility across the street and the land reverted to the university.

The Marine Conservation and Technology Facility is the physical center for the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC), which is poised to take a greatly increased role in the global arena of science for solutions in marine biodiversity and conservation. It has modern classroom facilities that enable the development of novel training programs, including professional short courses and problem-solving workshops. The basement is devoted almost entirely to a saltwater research aquarium that has chilled, ambient and warm seawater pumped directly from the Pacific Ocean from the Scripps Pier seawater system. These facilities provide undergraduate and graduate coursework in marine biodiversity, conservation, resource management, advanced statistical analysis and associated disciplines.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Kacy Wander
  • Executive Design Professional: Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Contractor: PCL Construction and Planning
  • Completed: Spring 2022
  • Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus, north end
  • LEED Certification Goal: Gold

Franklin Antonio Hall

Franklin Antonio Hall

In an effort to meet the needs of its growing student population, the Jacobs School of Engineering added a free-standing building that features 200,000 gross-square-feet of laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices, meeting space, an auditorium and café. The building is designed to foster collaborations between various fields of research via shared laboratories and work areas. The new building makes room for more faculty to improve student-to-teacher ratio and is connected to the university’s existing pedestrian paths and bike lanes.

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UC San Diego Celebrates Franklin Antonio Hall Groundbreaking.

Project Details

  • Program Manager: Mark Rowland
  • Project Manager: Abigail Grass
  • Phase: Construction
  • Executive Design Professional: Perkins+Will
  • Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • Completed: Spring 2022
  • Location: Warren College Neighborhood
  • LEED Certification: Platinum

UC San Diego Park & Market

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The City of San Diego selected Holland Partner Group to redevelop a full-block site at the northwest corner of the intersection of Park Boulevard and Market Street in downtown San Diego. The redevelopment project includes apartments, retail, parking and warm shell space. In June 2017, the UC Regents authorized the campus to purchase approximately 66,000 gross square feet of this warm shell space to create a UC San Diego location at this property. The property has been entitled through the City as part of the larger mixed-use, high-density development and the City is acting as the responsible agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The site is strategically located in the heart of downtown San Diego’s East Village neighborhood, clustered with educational institutions as well as firms and entrepreneurs specializing in innovation, technology and the creative arts. The center will become a key intersection where people, ideas and plans that draw on the rich resources of a global research university can come together to address the bigger question: what can San Diego become? The downtown center was designed with a purposeful mix of public, meeting, arts and educational spaces for civic engagement, learning, collaboration, and cultural experiences unlike anywhere else in the region.

UC San Diego will convene an unprecedented array of talent and resources, from local to global, at the downtown center, allowing individuals, organizations, students, staff and faculty to build new productive relationships and create opportunities to improve our community—economically, culturally, socially and for the greater civic good. The shell building includes underground parking, storage, a grand spiral staircase, offices, computer lab, classrooms, dance/yoga studio, theater space, critical listening room, bistro café and LED video wall and is a LEED Silver certified project featuring a green roof.

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Project Details

  • Project Manager: Jason Berge
  • Phase: Construction
  • Executive Design Professional: Gensler
  • Contractor: Bycor
  • Completied: Spring 2022 
  • Location: Downtown San Diego – intersection of Park Boulevard and Market Street
  • LEED Certification Goal: Silver

Ridge Walk Improvements

Ridge Walk

Ridge Walk is one of the primary non-vehicular circulation features of the UC San Diego campus. With completion of the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (permanent home for Sixth College) and Seventh College, the north/south alignment of Ridge Walk traverses six of seven colleges on West Campus. The Ridge Walk improvements project creates an enhanced pedestrian and multi-modal experience, with an emphasis on Ridge Walk identity and wayfinding between Muir College and Revelle College. The design for Ridge Walk improvements (Muir to Revelle) effectively balances the historic district character of Muir College and Revelle College while creating a fresh new look to this important circulation corridor. Improvements also enhance the connection between Ridge Walk and Library Walk near Mandeville Center.

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Project Details

  • Project Manager: Roland Bartsch
  • Phase: Construction
  • Executive Design Professional: Spurlock Landscape
  • Contractor: DPR
  • Completed: Fall 2021
  • Location: Muir – Revelle College

Scripps Ocean-Atmosphere Research Simulator

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Oceans cover 71% of the earth and exchanges between the ocean and atmosphere drive both weather and climate. The Scripps Ocean-Atmosphere Research Simulator (SOARS) enables laboratory-scale simulations of the ocean-atmosphere boundary, reproducing the complex and interacting systems of wind, waves and microbial processes. SOARS consists of a 36 meter long, 2.4 meter wide by 2.4 meter deep seawater channel and a recirculating atmosphere system to mimic ocean waves and create winds up to gale force conditions. Thermal controls for the seawater and air enable simulation of tropical to polar conditions, including ice-ocean interactions.

SOARS is the only instrument in the world capable of studying the current and future states of the ocean, atmosphere and ocean-atmosphere exchanges while reproducing the physics, chemistry and biology of the ocean. The ability to accurately reproduce the properties of the air-sea boundary and simulate the microbial loop in a controlled laboratory setting encourages interdisciplinary studies, but the biological, chemical and physical controls provided by SOARS also enable focused research within each discipline. SOARS is housed inside the Hydraulics Laboratory (HLab) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus, which is associated with UC San Diego. SOARS is being developed under a grant from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Megan Francis
  • Executive Design Professional: AeroLab/CRB
  • Completed: Fall 2021
  • Contractor: Align Builders
  • Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Design and Innovation Building

Design and Innovation Building

This 74,000-square-foot collaborative facility 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 Jacobs School of Engineering, Visual Arts, the UC San Diego Design Lab, Cognitive Science, the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, the Alumni Association and other campus departments. This goal will be accomplished through multipurpose building space that can be easily reconfigured for various programs, meetings and studio learning.

The new facility will become a center for design and innovation activities, which are currently distributed across the campus. Adjacent to the new Light Rail Transit (LRT) station, the Design and Innovation Building will provide a new entrance experience to the campus and serve as a beacon for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

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Destination: San Diego – Campus breaks ground on region’s newest innovation and entertainment neighborhood.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Bryan Macias
  • Executive Design Professional: EHDD Architecture
  • Contractor: BNBuilders
  • Completed: Summer 2021
  • Location: Pepper Canyon Neighborhood
  • LEED Certification Goal: Gold rating