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Major Capital Construction Projects

Through innovative design, UC San Diego's transformational projects inspire and deliver UC San Diego’s vision of the future. With the focus on creating new and better ways of collaborating across groups and disciplines, new construction projects revolutionize the physical, cultural, intellectual, healthcare, patient care, research, residential and diversity of the UC San Diego and Hillcrest campuses.

Design elements focus on UC San Diego’s commitment to the student, staff, faculty, patient, visitor and community experience by creating healthy inclusive and collaborative living, learning, teaching, working and playing mixed-use spaces that promote local and global excellence.

See the Construction Projects Map.

Design and Innovation Building

Design and Innovation Building render

Concept rendering

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, 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. To learn more, see Destination: San Diego – Campus breaks ground on region’s newest innovation and entertainment neighborhood.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Bryan Macias, (858) 230-5648
  • Phase: Construction
  • Executive Design Professional: EHDD Architecture
  • Contractor: BNBuilders
  • Anticipated Completion: Spring 2021
  • Location: Sixth College Neighborhood
  • LEED Certification Goal: Platinum rating
Project Timeline

project timeline graphic

 Construction Schedule

  • Construction Duration: August 2019 through March 2021
  • Building structure: October 2019 through May 2020
  • Building envelop and finishes: February 2020 through August 2020
  • Landscaping: August 2020 through November 2020
  • Move in and fit out: December 2020 through February 2021
  • Opening day: Spring Quarter March 2021

Construction will not affect class schedules. We strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with new pedestrian routes, vehicle detours and alternate parking locations around the construction site to avoid potential delays.

Logistics/Contractor Routes

Normal construction hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Any work performed outside these hours requires UC San Diego's prior approval. Construction workers will park onsite and use a small portion of lot P406. They will carpool or walk to and from the work site.

Trucking Routes

Expect to see construction deliveries, trucks, equipment and construction workers on Russell Lane.

  • Trucks from the north and south exit I-5 at La Jolla Village Drive and travel Gilman Drive. They will then turn on Russell Lane to access the site on Lyman Lane between High Bay Physics and Visual Arts.
  • See map.

Surrounding Street Impacts

Lyman Lane east of Russell Lane will be closed to all through traffic and pedestrians for the duration of construction. Detour signs and pedestrian barricades have been installed to travel around Structural + Materials Engineering and High Bay Physics.

Parking and Shuttle Routes

Parking displacement from the project is minimal. Significant trucking activity and pedestrian and bicycle circulation changes were implemented when construction began.

Visit the Transportation Services website for parking alternatives and shuttle service updates. View live shuttle maps and arrival times.

Construction Camera

construction camera view

See more views.

Building Advisory Committee

The Design and Innovation Building Advisory Committee oversees  development of specific project details. It engages with project consultants and stakeholders and reviews and recommends academic facilities and support services to meet university needs. The committee includes:

Committee Chair
William Hodgkiss, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

Members

  • Tara Cameron, Director, Space Planning, Academic Affairs
  • Jeffrey Graham, Executive Director, Real Estate
  • Jan Kleissel, Committee on Campus/Community Environment, Faculty Representative
  • Scott Klemmer, Associate Professor, Cognitive Science
  • Laura McCarty, Program Manager, Capital Program Management
  • Donald Norman, Professor Emeritus, Cognitive Science
  • Kevin Norris, Associate Engineer, Facilities Management
  • Kaiser Pister, Undergraduate Student Representative, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Paul Roben, Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation and Commercialization
  • Elyse Sanchez, Associate Planner, Physical and Community Planning
  • Stephanie Sherman, Graduate Student Representative, Visual Arts
  • Cristiana Winter, Assistant Director, Capital Planning

Outreach

Focused efforts included:

Questions or Comments?

Contact Bryan Macias, (858) 230-5648 or complete our Customer Feedback Form.

Franklin Antonio Hall

Engineering Interdisciplinary Building

Concept rendering

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. To learn more, see UC San Diego Celebrates Franklin Antonio Hall Groundbreaking.

Project Details

  • Program Manager: Mark Rowland, (858) 822-0725
  • Project Manager: Abigail Grass, (858) 534-7793
  • Phase: Construction
  • Executive Design Professional: Perkins+Wills
  • Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • Anticipated Completion: Spring 2022
  • Location: Warren College Neighborhood
  • LEED Certification Goal: Platinum rating

Project Timeline

project timeline

Construction Schedule

  • Construction Duration: December 2019 through April 2022
  • Building structure: January 2020 through February 2021
  • Building envelop and finishes: February 2020 through August 2020
  • Landscaping: September 2020 through February 2022
  • Move in and fit out: January 2022 through April 2022
  • Opening day: Spring Quarter 2022

Construction will not affect class schedules. We strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with new pedestrian routes, vehicle detours and alternate parking locations around the construction site to avoid potential delays.

Logistics/Contractor Routes

Normal construction hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Any work performed outside these hours requires UC San Diego's prior approval. Construction workers will park onsite, carpool or walk to and from the work site.

Trucking Routes

Expect to see construction deliveries, trucks, equipment and construction workers on Voigt Drive.

  • Trucks from the north and south exit I-5 at Genesee Avenue and travel to Voigt Drive where they will access the site near the Jacobs Engineering building.
  • See map.

Surrounding Street Impacts

Voigt Drive will remain open to campus traffic during construction, but temporary single-lane closures with fencing may occur as the project progresses, in coordination with university scheduling. Flagmen will be present to assist in directing traffic when necessary.

Parking and Shuttle Routes

The project will displace approximately 350 faculty and staff parking stalls from lot P502. Get details

Visit the Transportation Services website for parking alternatives and shuttle service updates. View live shuttle maps and arrival times.

Building Advisory Committee

The Franklin Antonio Hall Building Advisory Committee oversees development of specific project details. It engages with project consultants and stakeholders as well as reviews and recommends academic facilities and support services to meet university needs. The committee includes:

Committee Chair
Al Pisano, Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering

Members

  • Farhat Beg, Professor, Mechanical/ Aerospace Engineering
  • Jeremy Blackstone, Jacobs Graduate Student Council
  • Tara Cameron, Director, Space Planning, Academic Affairs
  • Shirley Meng, Associate Professor, Nanoengineering
  • Todd Pittman, Assistant Director, Physical and Community Planning
  • J.R. Romero, Building and Commissioning/ Sustainability, Facilities Management
  • Mark Rowland, Program Manager, Capital Program Management
  • Gabriel Silva, Professor, Bioengineering
  • Tana Troke Campana, Assistant Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering
  • George Tynan, Associate Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering
  • Joel Watson, Professor, Economics, Committee on Campus/ Community Environment Representative
  • Cristiana Winter, Associate Director, Capital Planning
  • Alison Buckley, Sr. Environmental Planner, Campus Planning

Questions or Comments?

Contact Abigail Grass, (858) 534-7793, or complete our Customer Feedback Form.

Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood

 concept rendering

Concept rendering

January 22, 2020 Community Open House


The proposed Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood (FCLLN) will be a vibrant mixed-use community on the west campus, south of Revelle College and adjacent to UC San Diego’s Theatre District.

The project, as outlined in the campus’s 2018 Long Range Development Plan, would be built on a 10.9-acre site and provide residential life and administrative space for a new college, with approximately 2,000 undergraduate beds, classrooms, an estimated 1,200 underground parking spaces, and conference and retail space. FCLLN would provide additional student housing to accommodate recent enrollment growth and contribute to UC San Diego’s ultimate goal of providing a four-year housing guarantee for all undergraduate and graduate students.

This proposed project presents a transformational opportunity for the campus to nurture a collaborative and interdisciplinary living and learning community. In building these types of facilities, the campus seeks to provide dynamic spaces that allow students to live, learn and play all in one location—without the need to travel off-campus.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Dennis Brown(858) 246-0185
  • Phase: Planning
  • Executive Design Professional: : HKS & EYRC
  • Contractor: Kitchell
  • Anticipated Completion: Fall 2023
  • Location: West Campus Neighborhood (south of Revelle College – site map)
  • LEED Certification Goal: Platinum rating

Project Timeline

project timeline

Retail Space

This project would include approximately 33,000 square feet of retail space, making the neighborhood a campus and local community destination.

Open Space

Public realm improvements would include a large recreation area along the northern edge that would be shared with Revelle College, realignment of a portion of Scholars Drive South (campus loop road), and an extension of Ridge Walk to the southern campus boundary.

Parking

This project will include approximately 1,200 (360 net new) underground parking spaces to replace the 840 highly utilized displaced parking spaces spanning two surface lots bisected by Scholars Drive South. This also aligns with the 2018 Long Range Development Plan goal of providing parking facilities at the campus periphery that facilitates a more pedestrian-focused campus core.

Design

Before construction can begin, this proposed project must go through several stages of development including:

  1. Progressive Design/Build Competition: Up to three design/build teams will engage in a design competition. A UC San Diego selection committee consisting of staff, Building Advisory Committee members and Design Review Board members will select the winning design/build team.
  2. Pre-Design and Programming: Through a series of meetings with the Building Advisory Committee and project stakeholders, UC San Diego will develop the project program with the winning design build team.
  3. Design and Approvals Process: The winning team will develop the design, which will go through an extensive review and approval process.

Construction Impacts

UC San Diego will strive to lessen the impact of construction whenever possible and will continue to keep the community updated on these efforts.

Building Advisory Committee

The Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood Building Advisory Committee will oversee  development of specific project details. It will engage with project consultants and stakeholders and review and recommend academic facilities, undergraduate housing, amenities and support services to meet university needs. The committee includes:

Committee Co-Chairs

  • Robert Continetti, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Co-Chair
  • Hemlata Jhaveri, Executive Director, Housing, Dining & Hospitality, Co-Chair

Members

  • Adrian Borsa, Assistant Professor, IGPP, SIO and CCCE Representative
  • Dennis Brown, Project Manager, Capital Program Management
  • Tara Cameron, Director Space Planning, Academic Affairs
  • Christina Della Coletta, Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities
  • Adrienne Gallo, Capital Planner, Campus Planning
  • Jeff Graham, Executive Director, Real Estate
  • Pat Hochstein, Associate Director, Housing, Dining & Hospitality
  • John Hughes, Senior Director, Student Affairs
  • Walt Kanzler, Senior Director of Design Services, Design Development Services
  • Josh Kavanagh, Director, Transportation Services
  • John Moore, Dean Undergraduate Education
  • Jana Severson, Director, Housing, Dining & Hospitality
  • Susan Sterner, Assistant Chancellor, Chancellor’s Office
  • Ginger Stout, Associate Planner, Campus Planning
  • Dr. Paul Yu, Revelle College Provost 
  • Undergraduate Student Representatives: Shane Elder, Stephanie Ellsworth and Erik Mumm
  • Associated Students Representative(s): TBD

Hillcrest Outpatient Pavilion and Parking Structure

Phase: Planning

The Hillcrest Outpatient Pavilion project (225,000-300,000 gross square feet) would provide new space for a broad range of diagnostic and treatment services in a number of specialty areas, and address existing demands for outpatient services. This project would also include construction of a new parking structure to provide up to 2,000 parking spaces for faculty, staff, patients, and visitors, and related utility infrastructure. This project represents the first phase of redevelopment, which is part of the overall 2019 Hillcrest Long Range Development Plan that would guide redevelopment of the Hillcrest Campus and construction of a new, replacement hospital per Senate Bill 1953.

Marine Conservation and Technology Facility

Marine Conservation and Technology Facility

Concept rendering

The project converts 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 will be 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 will have modern classroom facilities that will enable the development of novel training programs, including professional short courses and problem-solving workshops. The basement will be almost entirely devoted to a saltwater research aquarium that will have chilled, ambient and warm seawater pumped directly from the Pacific Ocean from the Scripps Pier seawater system. These facilities will provide undergraduate and graduate coursework in marine biodiversity, conservation, resource management, advanced statistical analysis and associated disciplines.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Chris Page
  • Phase: Design
  • Executive Design Professional: Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Contractor: PCL Construction and Planning
  • Anticipated Completion: Fall 2021 (construction is anticipated to begin Spring 2020)
  • Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus, north end
  • LEED Certification Goal: Silver rating

Mesa Housing Pedestrian and Bike Bridge

Mesa Housing Pedestrian and Bike Bridge

Feb. 2020

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
  • Phase: Construction
  • Executive Design Professional: Kleinfelder
  • Contractor: Hensel Phelps 
  • Anticipated Completion: Winter 2020
  • Location: East Campus Neighborhood

North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood

site view June 2019

Site view Feb. 2020

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 that incorporates residential, academic and administrative space. This new neighborhood will feature dining and retail space along with parking, plentiful open space and a pedestrian and bike-friendly layout.

Envisioned to be a vibrant and active hub, the neighborhood will also be a welcoming and comfortable place that promotes community. Read the June 1, 2018 news story: Live, Learn, Play: Vibrant New Neighborhood to Break Ground on Campus

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Matthew Smith, (858) 246-1970
  • Phase: Construction
  • Executive Design Professional: HKS in association with Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Contractor: Clark Construction
  • Anticipated Completion: Fall 2020
  • Location: West Campus Neighborhood (between Muir and Marshall Colleges)
  • LEED Certification Goal: Platinum rating

Project Timeline

project timeline

Planning Study

As Sixth College's future home, the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood is an important part of the Marshall/Sixth Colleges Planning Study that provides a framework to guide future development, open space, circulation and infrastructure improvements within the Marshall and Sixth neighborhood. The planning study assembles a collection of diverse places and development needs into one common vision, yet is intended to be flexible as needs and resources change over time.

Housing and Academic Support Space

The new Living and Learning Neighborhood buildings, varying in height up to 14 stories, will blend with the existing campus development and will provide:

  • Approximately 2,000 new beds, resident facilities and support space for undergraduate students
  • A new home for Sixth College
  • New instruction and research space for departments and programs within the Divisions of Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities
  • General assignment classrooms
  • Residential life space for students and staff
  • Ancillary maintenance and operational support space

Dining and Retail Space

Retail operations along Ridge Walk and the project promenade as well as Housing*Dining*Hospitality operated market and dining facilities will energize the neighborhood. The re-envisioned Craft Center will return to UC San Diego offering students, faculty, staff and local community members unique opportunities to connect, create and collaborate.

Open Space

Thoughtfully designed open space will provide places to socialize and relax as well as pedestrian and bike-friendly pathways. Landscape design will be consistent with campus sustainability goals, emphasizing drought tolerance.

As part of the open space improvements, Scholars Drive will be realigned to create a more comfortable and safe pedestrian and micro-mobility environment along Ridge Walk on the eastern neighborhood boundary.

Parking

The neighborhood will include an underground parking structure providing approximately 1,200 parking spaces – over 200 more parking spaces than former lots P207 and P208 provided.

Project Videos

Watch the video simulation or view conceptual images (PDF).

Craft Center Video

Progress Video

Time lapse video

Drone site video from Jan 14, 2020

Construction Schedule

Construction is well underway with new student housing expected to be move-in ready by Fall 2020. Key dates include:

  • Building structures: June through December 2019
  • Building envelop and finishes: March through July 2020
  • Landscaping: July through August 2020

Normal construction hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Any work performed outside these hours requires UC San Diego's prior approval.

Construction will not affect class schedules. However, to avoid potential delays, we encourage students, faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with new pedestrian routes, vehicle detours and alternate parking locations around the construction site.

Logistics/Contractor Routes

Construction workers arrive at the Torrey Pines Gliderport parking area from 5:30–7 a.m. and take a shuttle to the construction site via Scholars Drive North to reduce the number of additional cars on North Torrey Pines Road. An afternoon shuttle transports workers back to the Gliderport from 3–7 p.m.

Trucking Routes

Expect to see construction deliveries, trucks, equipment and construction workers on North Torrey Pines Road. UC San Diego works with the City of San Diego and local residents to minimize traffic impacts.

  • Trucks from the south exit I-5 at Gilman Drive and stage at Gilman.
  • Trucks from the north exit I-5 at Genesee Avenue and travel along North Torrey Pines Road.
  • See map

Surrounding Street Impacts

A portion of Muir College Drive is closed during construction to make new pedestrian and bicycle-friendly improvements. Individuals can use Ridge Walk and other designated pedestrian pathways east of Peterson Hall. Signage will also be placed strategically in the area to identify pedestrian and bicycle pathways.

Muir Lane will be closed intermittently during the project. Alternative routes to all buildings around the construction site will provide access for students, faculty, staff, deliveries and emergency vehicles.

Parking and Shuttle Routes

  • Parking lots P206, P302 and P303 will remain open during construction. 
  • Lot P508 will be closed June 17 through summer quarter 2019 to support critical utility work. 

Visit the Transportation Services website for parking alternatives and shuttle service updates. View live shuttle maps and arrival times.

Building Advisory Committee

The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood Building Advisory Committee oversees  development of specific project details. It engages with project consultants and stakeholders and reviews and recommends academic facilities, undergraduate housing, amenities and support services to meet university needs. The committee includes:

Committee Chair
William Hodgkiss, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

Members

  • Tara Cameron, Director, Space Planning, Academic Affairs
  • Cristina Della Coletta, Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities
  • Dan Donoghue, Provost, Sixth College
  • Ross Frank, Committee on Campus/Community Environment Representative
  • Justin Huynh, Sixth College Student Council, Associated Students
  • Hemlata Jhaveri, Executive Director, Housing, Dining & Hospitality
  • Jason Kayne, Assistant Director, Building Services, Facilities Management
  • Carol Padden, Dean, Division of Social Sciences
  • Todd Pitman, Assistant Director, Physical Planning
  • JR Romero, Senior Project Manager, Facilities Management
  • Barbara Sawrey, Associate Vice Chancellor, Dean, Undergraduate Education
  • Matthew Smith, Principal Architect, Capital Program Management
  • Cristiana Winter, Assistant Director, Capital Planning

Outreach

Focused efforts included:

Questions or Comments?

Contact us at livelearn@ucsd.edu, or (858) 534-8701.

Nuevo East Student Housing

Nuevo East Student Housing

Feb. 2020

UC San Diego’s proposed Nuevo East Student Housing project would primarily serve single graduate and professional students in apartment-style housing. The project would be on nine acres and include approximately 1,414 beds in approximately 757 units of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Because campus housing is significantly more affordable than off-campus housing, demand for campus housing continues to be at an all-time high. Campus graduate and professional housing’s total occupancy cost is projected to be approximately 30 percent lower than the surrounding private market.

The project would also include a student community center called the “Exchange” that would house residential and support services for residents of Nuevo East as well as for residents living in adjacent on-campus housing, including Mesa Nueva, Nuevo West and One Miramar Street Apartments. Twenty-two older housing buildings with 336 existing beds at north Mesa Housing and 224 surface parking spaces will be demolished to accommodate this project.

Project Details

  • Phase: Construction
  • Project Manager: Dennis Brown, (858) 246-0185
  • Executive Design Professional: Mithun
  • Contractor: Hensel Phelps
  • Anticipated Completion: Spring 2020
  • Location: Mesa Housing Neighborhood
  • LEED Certification Goal: Gold rating

Nuevo West Graduate Student Housing

Nuevo West Graduate Student Housing rendering

Feb. 2020

The Nuevo West Graduate Student Housing project will redevelop 6.2 acres of existing low-density apartments located in the north Mesa Housing neighborhood to provide 802 new beds for single graduate and professional students. The project will consist of two residential buildings, one 12-story high-rise and one 7-story mid-rise, and will contain a mix of studios, two-bedroom, four-bedroom and six-bedroom apartments for a total of 257 units. The project includes a 1,200 space parking structure and a separate small building for a neighborhood market.

Located within the 7-story mid-rise building, the project will also include approximately 82 beds and support and administrative space for the UC San Diego Health – La Jolla Family House. Similar to Bannister Family House at the Hillcrest Medical Center, the La Jolla Family House will provide accommodations for patients and patients’ families in need of immediate support while receiving medical treatment from UC San Diego Health in La Jolla.

The project will eliminate 214 existing surface parking spaces and require demolition of 50 two-bedroom apartments (100 beds). Because campus housing is significantly more affordable than off-campus housing, demand for campus housing is considered to be at an all-time high. The total occupancy cost for on-campus graduate student housing is forecasted to be approximately 30 percent lower than surrounding off-campus rates.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Juli Smith, (858) 822-1527
  • Phase: Construction
  • Executive Design Professional: Mithun
  • Contractor: Hensel Phelps
  • Anticipated Completion: Winter 2020
  • Location: Mesa Housing Neighborhood
  • LEED Certification Goal: Gold rating

Pepper Canyon West Upper Division Undergraduate Student Housing

Phase: Design 

The proposed Pepper Canyon West Upper Division Undergraduate Student Housing project would provide approximately 1,400 new beds on campus in response to high demand for affordable on-campus housing. As presented to the Regents in July 2017, completion of the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (anticipated fall 2020) will provide a permanent home for Sixth College, which will relocate from its current location on a six-acre parcel at Pepper Canyon. At that time, the campus would demolish 11 existing residence halls (1967) to provide upper division undergraduate housing adjacent to the new Light Rail Transit Station at Pepper Canyon.

Triton Pavilion for Student Resources and Community Engagement

Triton Plaza rendering

Pre-Concept village approach rendering

Triton Pavilion for Student Resources and Community Engagement (Triton Pavilion) is proposed for development on seven acres and would be the first project in the San Diego campus’s long-term plan to revitalize seven acres of the 19-acre district known as the University Center, located at the heart of the campus. The project would support enrollment growth, improve the student experience, and consolidate complementary programs and services, including Student Health and Wellbeing, Alumni and Welcome Center, UC San Diego Extension, Global Education, campus support, retail, and restaurant/food service. These programs and services not only benefit the student population but also promote access to life-long learning opportunities for alumni and the San Diego community. The Triton Pavilion project would include public realm site improvements that would transform the campus arrival experience and create a defined entry portal and primary gateway destination at the center of campus for students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors. Exterior improvements would include enhanced pedestrian and bicycle circulation, a dedicated tour bus zone, ride-share drop-off/pick-up zones, and space for outdoor events to activate and enliven the campus core.

The project would replace the approximately 90 surface parking spaces currently located within the project site boundary with approximately 300 spaces (approximately 210 net new), all below-grade. These existing parking spaces are in high demand and fully occupied during peak hours. Parking would serve alumni, donors, visitors, prospective student visitors and their families, and members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which is part of UC San Diego Extension.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Amy Engel, (858) 246-3082
  • Phase: Design
  •  Executive Design Professional: LMN Architects
  • Contractor: PCL Construction
  • Anticipated Completion: Spring 2023
  • Location: University Center Neighborhood
  • LEED Certification Goal: Platinum rating

UC San Diego Downtown Center

Downtown Innovation and Cultural Hub render

Concept rendering

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 will include 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 will include underground parking, storage, stairs, elevators, restrooms, showers, janitor room, lactation room, electrical and IDF support spaces, and is a LEED Silver certified project featuring a green roof.

Design

Carrier Johnson are the architects for Holland. Gensler are the executive architects for UC San Diego.

UC San Diego wanted the design and architecture of the building to be welcoming and to promote and support community engagement, impactful interaction, creative multidisciplinary collaborations — a place of discovery, learning, service, enjoyment and creativity. Gensler has been a wonderful partner and they continue to dazzle with their commitment to ensure that what takes place in the building gives rise to transformative results. 

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Walter Kanzler and Amy Engel
  • Phase: Programming and Development
  • Executive Design Professional: Gensler
  • Contractor: “TBD” until projects bid
  • Anticipated Completion: Summer 2021
  • Location: Downtown San Diego – intersection of Park Boulevard and Market Street
  • LEED Certification Goal: Silver rating 
Project Timeline

project timeline graphic

Retail Space

UC San Diego will manage the lease for a restaurant entity on the ground level on Park Boulevard. This will occupy approximately 4,500 square feet and include a 30-foot sidewalk for outdoor seating.

Parking

The building will have four levels of underground parking shared with the Holland apartment building. UC San Diego will own the top parking level.

Construction Impacts

UC San Diego will strive to lessen the impact of construction whenever possible and will continue to keep the community updated on these efforts.

Outreach

Outreach to on-campus entities, residential and downtown communities is extremely significant in our program planning. We share updates through various outlets, including partnerships, newsletters, email, web and print collateral.

Press

Questions or Comments?

Contact Walter Kanzler, (858) 534-4094, Amy Engel, (858) 246-3082, or complete our Customer Feedback Form.

UC San Diego Vision Institute

Phase: Planning

The UC San Diego Vision Institute, to be located on the UC San Diego Health La Jolla Campus, will house research for several different ophthalmological diseases and interdisciplinary ophthalmological research. Studies will focus on curing glaucoma blindness, restoring vision of those blinded by retinal degeneration, and providing sight to individuals who have reversible vision loss due to cataracts or infections, among other research.

University Center Public Realm Improvements

Phase: Planning

The arrival of Light Rail Transit service to campus in 2021 has inspired a series of projects that will transform the University Center to create a vibrant, pedestrian-scaled, transit-oriented, urban core that optimizes programmatic synergies between the campus and community at large. Improvements would connect the University Center Urban Core more fully to the campus and the city. Rupertus Lane and Lyman Lane will extend bicycle and pedestrian connection east to the Light Rail Transit (LRT) stop. Rupertus Lane would extend bicycle and pedestrian connection west uphill past Mandeville Center and connect to Ridge Walk. Removing vehicles from Rupertus Lane and adding these connections will create Rupertus Walk — a new east/west bicycle and pedestrian-only thoroughfare directly linking the Pepper Canyon LRT Station to Ridge Walk, the campus’ primary north/south bicycle and pedestrian connection.

Sustainability

UC San Diego is committed to meeting UC system-wide goals of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for all new buildings with North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood seeking to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. Innovative design elements, like an anaerobic digester, condensate capture systems and onsite photovoltaics, will help to achieve this goal. Learn more about UC San Diego's Green Building Program.

Outreach

Campus Planning and Capital Program Management will share information about development of the Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood with the campus community through open houses, town halls, meetings, campus notices, email and social media.

Minimizing Noise and Dust

The campus takes steps to minimize construction-related noise. Campus Planning monitors common construction activities to ensure that they will be below acceptable thresholds identified by UC San Diego and the City of San Diego municipal noise ordinance. The campus monitors construction noise to ensure that ongoing activity does not exceed prescribed thresholds.

To minimize the amount of dust leaving construction sites, contractors install screened perimeter fencing to contain debris. They also hose down dirt during excavation and other construction activities.

Questions or Comments?

Complete our Customer Feedback Form.