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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.

Café Ventanas

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Keith Whaley, (858) 401-9409
  • Phase: Preliminary Design
  • Executive Design Professional: Hanna Gabriel Wells (HGW)
  • Contractor: TBD
  • Anticipated Completion: Fall 2023
  • Location: Eleanor Roosevelt College
  • LEED Certification Goal: Certified

Data Science Institute

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The Data Science Institute (DSI) will be relocated from its existing location in the San Diego Supercomputer building to the Data Science Building, formerly known as Literature Building, which is a 4-story structure, located in Warren College. The Data Science Building was first occupied in 1990 and was predominantly used by the Literature Department for office space. Upon completion of the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (NTP LLN), the Literature department vacated the building and moved to their new space at NTP LLN. The Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) currently occupies a suite on the second floor of the Data Science Building. TLC would relocate during the proposed renovation project, but return once construction is complete, and remain there until completion of the Triton Center where they are planned to relocate.

The proposed project would renovate all four floors of the Data Science Building, providing a programmatic conversion of the existing Literature Building to new space for the DSI. The aspirational scope would include a refresh of the exterior façade, landscape and hardscape; refresh of the entry way and lobby; renovation of restrooms and addition of gender inclusive restrooms; refresh of interior offices and corridors including flooring, telecom, paint, doors and lighting; replacement of elevator cabs, reconfiguration of offices to grad lab collaboration spaces and large meeting spaces; renovation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, DSI branding and signage; and accessibility upgrades required by current code.

Project Details

  • Program Manager: Elisa Pittner, (858) 232-7116
  • Project Manager: Keith Whaley, (858) 401-9409
  • Phase: Construction
  • Executive Design Professional: Kevin deFreitas Architects
  • Contractor: Turner Construction
  • Anticipated Completion: Winter 2023
  • Location: Literature Building
  • LEED Certification Goals: Certified

East Campus Loop Road

The proposed project would consist of a strategic realignment and widening of Health Sciences Drive, Medical Center Drive, and surrounding areas in order to improve access, safety and wayfinding on the East Campus. The project would implement a critical circulation enhancement, as identified in the 2018 Long Range Development Plan and associated East Campus Planning Study.

The proposed road realignments would simplify patient and visitor wayfinding by strengthening a singular, flowing path towards the hospital and clinical services, while also reducing decision points. In addition, a new, more direct road connection south of Health Sciences Drive would allow service vehicles to turn and continue directly towards the central utility plant, hospital service areas, and clinical loading docks to Medical Center Drive South.

The proposed project would convert the existing westerly end of Health Sciences Drive into a pedestrian and micro mobility-friendly corridor, and new “smart” traffic signals at all major intersections within the project would be installed, along with a roundabout at the connection to Medical Center Drive South.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Roland Bartsch, (858) 281-9446
  • Phase: Pre-Design
  • Executive Design Professional: TBD
  • Contractor: TBD
  • Anticipated Completion: Fall 2024
  • Location: East Campus

Epstein Family Amphitheater and Public Realm Improvements

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This proposed project would create an open-air amphitheater that students, faculty, staff and visitors could use for formal and informal events. When not in use for events, the amphitheater could be used for more passive outdoor recreation at Pepper Canyon. Completion of the proposed work will enhance the experience for people arriving on campus via Light Rail Transit (currently under construction) and would include pedestrian walkways and landscaping improvements to the area.

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Daniel and Phyllis Epstein Donate $10 Million for State-of-the-Art Amphitheater at UC San Diego

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Bryan Macias, (858) 230-5648
  • Phase: Construction Documents
  • Executive Design Professional: Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Contractor: BNBuilders
  • Anticipated Completion: Fall 2022
  • Location: Pepper Canyon
  • LEED Certification Goals:
    • Amphitheater: Gold
    • Athletic Training Room: Gold

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Franklin Antonio Hall

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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.

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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+Will
  • Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
  • Anticipated Completion: Spring 2022
  • Location: Warren College Neighborhood
  • LEED Certification Goal: Platinum
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Hillcrest Redevelopment

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Project rendering of the outpatient pavilion on the Hillcrest campus Credit: CallisonRTKL

An ambitious program to rebuild the UC San Diego Hillcrest campus will provide new facilities, new technology, increased capacity, expanded care offerings, workforce housing and other community services and amenities. Over the next 15 years, construction on the $2.5-$3 billion project will continue in five major phases, during which the majority of the existing buildings will be replaced. This work will help ensure the university’s mission to drive innovation and deliver world-class medical care, research and education for many decades to come.

The first phase of the redevelopment of the Hillcrest campus includes the construction of an outpatient pavilion (approximately 250,000 gross square feet) providing 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 phase also includes a new parking structure to provide approximately 1,850 parking spaces for faculty, staff, patients and visitors, a central utility plant and related road and utility infrastructure improvements. The 2019 Hillcrest Long Range Development Plan guides redevelopment of the Hillcrest campus and includes the construction of a new, replacement hospital.

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UC San Diego Breaks Ground on a Multi-Phase, Multi-Billion-Dollar Redevelopment of Hillcrest Medical Campus

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Barbara Anderson, (858) 967-6464
  • Phase: Phase one of five
  • Executive Design Professional: CallisonRTKL
  • Contractor: DPR Construction
  • Anticipated Completion of Phase One: Fall 2025
  • Location: Hillcrest Campus
  • LEED Certification Goal: Silver

Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve Field Station and Learning Center, Mission Bay

Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve

The project would replace an existing 670 square-foot (SF) modular structure with a new larger approximately 1,400 SF modular structure. The existing 50-year-old trailer is past its useful life and can no longer accommodate the needs of researchers and students at the reserve. The reserve serves as a base of operations for environmental research activities to analyze and observe wildlife, including training students in a hands-on science and environmental stewardship experience. A full range of sustainability practices for design and operations are included in the budgeting, programming and design effort for the project to provide a facility that is environmentally friendly and sustainable. Construction would begin once a Coastal Development Permit is issued, with completion anticipated approximately winter 2023. For more project information, visit the Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve website.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Megan Francis, (858) 534-8618
  • Phase: Construction Documents
  • Executive Design Professional: Architects Mosher Drew
  • Contractor: DPR Construction
  • Anticipated Completion: Winter 2023
  • Location: Mission Bay, San Diego, CA
  • LEED Certification Goal: Silver

Marine Conservation and Technology Facility

Marine Conservation and Technology Facility

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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: Kacy Wander, (858) 246-5693
  • Phase: Construction
  • Executive Design Professional: Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Contractor: PCL Construction and Planning
  • Anticipated Completion: Spring 2022
  • Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus, north end
  • LEED Certification Goal: Gold

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Pepper Canyon Living and Learning Neighborhood

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Pepper Canyon Living and Learning Neighborhood would provide approximately 1,300 single-occupancy rooms for transfer and upper-division students in response to high demand for below market on-campus housing. The project would comprise 580,500 gross square feet in two  22- and 23-story towers, with connected with connected five-story buildings featuring outdoor terrace seating. The project also includes retail, open spaces in two large courtyards and access to canyon trails. Adjacent to the Central Campus station of the UC San Diego Blue Line trolley, Pepper Canyon Living and Learning Neighborhood is within a five-minute walk of the Gilman Transit Hub, providing extensive public transit options. Pepper Canyon West aims to achieve LEED Gold certification with a full range of sustainability practices in design and operations. Low-flow fixtures and drought tolerant landscaping will save water, while green roofs will increase efficiency by removing heat from the air and reducing temperatures on the roof surfaces. The project also optimizes natural ventilation and daylight to reduce demand for mechanical ventilation and electricity and construction waste is reduced by fabricating some building elements off site.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Bryan Macias, (858) 230-5648
  • Phase: Approved for Construction Summer 2022
  • Executive Design Professional: Perkins & Will
  • Contractor: Clark Construction
  • Anticipated Completion: Fall 2024
  • Location: Pepper Canyon
  • LEED Certification Goal: Gold

Ridge Walk North Living and Learning Neighborhood

The proposed Ridge Walk North Living and Learning Neighborhood project would provide approximately 2,000 new student beds on the San Diego campus. The program would include space for student dining and fitness, replacement space for programs currently in structures to be demolished for the project, and permanent space for the Marshall College academic program and student support services. This project supports diversity, equity, and inclusion by expanding access to the “living/learning community” model to a greater proportion of students. Living on campus gives students access to a rich variety of academic and social resources and supports student success. Students who have the benefit of living on campus are immersed in the University community with easy access (via campus shuttle, bicycle, or on foot) to adjacent academic, research, clinical, recreation, and retail facilities, supporting the campus’s Climate Action Plan.  The campus will make every effort to design the project to meet or exceed all University of California sustainability and carbon neutrality goals within the constraints of the overall project financial feasibility.

Project Details

  • Program Manager: Matthew Smith, (858) 246-1970
  • Phase: Planning/Predesign
  • Executive Design Professional: TBD
  • Contractor: TBD
  • Anticipated Completion: Fall 2025, phased with completion by Winter 2026
  • Location: Marshall Lowers
  • LEED Certification Goal: Gold

Shiley Eye Institute Renovation

The Shiley Eye Institute is a three-story building, constructed in 1991, and located in East Campus Health Sciences neighborhood. The building currently houses clinical and research space. Researchers currently occupying space in Shiley Eye Institute will relocate to the Viterbi Family Vision Research Center, which is currently in the preliminary planning phase with estimated completion summer 2024. Due to growing patient load at Shiley Eye Institute, the proposed project would convert the vacated research and office space on the second floor to clinical space, including exam rooms, imaging areas, utility rooms and clinical support rooms.

Shiley Eye Institute was originally designed to serve 20,000 patients annually; there are now more than 100,000 patients seen at the Institute each year, necessitating the need for additional clinical space. The project scope would include upgrades to building infrastructure and modifications to improve accessibility and path of travel to meet current building codes. The Shiley Eye Institute currently has a seismic performance rating (SPR) V and a Tier 3 seismic evaluation is currently underway to determine the required seismic improvements needed to bring the building to a SPR IV or better, in accordance with the UC Seismic Policy. Scope would also include repair of existing water intrusion problems, as well as a minimal architectural refresh of the building exterior.

Project Details

  • Project Manager: Frances Angelborg, (858) 246-2731
  • Phase: Programming
  • Executive Design Professional: TEF Design
  • Contractor: TBD
  • Anticipated Completion: Winter 2024
  • Location: East Campus

Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood

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The Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood would include five buildings ranging in height from 9 to 21 stories to provide approximately 2,000 new beds for undergraduate students, residential life and administration offices for a new college, general assignment classrooms, meeting space, restaurants and retail space for approximately 900,000 gross square feet total. 

The 11.8-acre site is located at the southwestern edge of the campus. Public realm improvements would include: an enhanced campus entry at the Revelle College Drive intersection; partial realignment of Scholars Drive South (campus loop road); a valet/drop-off zone for the adjacent Theatre District; a transit hub for campus shuttles and public transit buses; an extension of Ridge Walk (a primary north-south pedestrian spine) to the southern campus boundary; and recreation/outdoor wellness spaces located strategically throughout the site. When complete, the project will include replacement parking in a below-grade configuration for approximately 1,200 cars (325 net new spaces).

Construction on the project began in early 2021 with completion anticipated in fall 2023. The project is in the initial phase of construction with excavation activities planned to begin June 2021.

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), CEQA Consistency Analysis for the project has been prepared. This is included as an Addendum to the 2018 LRDP Environmental Impact Report (EIR) wherein this project was evaluated for impacts. The consistency analysis concludes that the project is consistent with the 2018 LRDP EIR, and the project will not result in any new significant impacts.

Project Details

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

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Torrey Pines Fire Station

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The fire station, a first for the campus, would be built as a partnership between the City of San Diego and UC San Diego, with the goal of serving the needs of the growing university, as well as the local surrounding community. The fire station, to be located near the intersection of Genesee Avenue and North Torrey Pines Road, would enable faster response times and provide vital emergency services that will benefit the UC San Diego community and the many families and individuals who live in the surrounding community. It would be approximately 10,500 gross square feet and comply with the City of San Diego Fire Station and UC San Diego construction standards. The new station would accommodate the standard fire station crew of 12 personnel per 24 hour shift and include three drive through fire apparatus vehicle bays, administrative offices, kitchen and dining area, day room, reception/watch room, training room, wash room, exercise room and crew quarters.

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Triton Center

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The Triton Center project would demolish a collection of 1940s-era, one-story buildings located in University Center, to provide expanded and centralized space for specialized instructional support, student health, mental health and well-being services, and other student academic services and resources to meet the needs of a rapidly growing and diverse student population. Triton Center would also include an alumni and welcome center, multi-purpose space for various campus programs, public realm improvements, and accessible parking. A new vibrant urban core for central campus, Triton Center will create a socially-dynamic and welcoming destination that will showcase the unique accomplishments, heritage, art, and culture of UC San Diego, and implement a key component of the campus’ 2018 Long Range Development Plan.

Project Details

  • Program Manager: Matthew Smith, (858) 246-1970
  • Phase: Preliminary Plans
  • Executive Design Professional: LMN
  • Contractor: TBD
  • Anticipated Completion: Winter 2026
  • Location: University Center
  • LEED Certification Goal: Gold

Viterbi Family Vision Research Center

UC San Diego proposes to construct a new building, which would house the Viterbi Family Vision Research Center. The facility would provide approximately 100,000 gross square feet of new space for research on various ophthalmologic diseases as well as expand interdisciplinary collaborations across campus and the San Diego community to accelerate the pace of discovery and innovation for vision research.

The project site is located east of Interstate 5 in the Health Sciences East Neighborhood of the La Jolla Campus, just west of the Shiley Eye Institute and adjacent to the Koman Outpatient Pavilion, within the existing academic-medical complex. The proposed project would comprise new space for computational analytics and clinical trial research; wet laboratory (open laboratory space design with dedicated laboratory support) to conduct basic science and clinical trial research; a core laboratory (vivarium); meeting and support space; and a small amount of retail.

Project Details

  • Program Manager: Juli Smith, (858) 822-1527
  • Phase: Schematic Design
  • Executive Design Professional: nbbj
  • Contractor: Rudolph & Sletten
  • Anticipated Completion: Summer 2024
  • Location: Health Sciences East Neighborhood
  • LEED Certification Goal: Gold

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 will provide seismic improvements to York Hall, a 134,000 square-foot concrete structure built in 1966.

Project Details

  • Program Manager: Elisa Pittner, (858) 232-7116
  • Associate Project Manager: Robert Northrop, (858) 242-9488 (email is rnorthrop@ucsd.edu)
  • Phase: Construction
  • Executive Design Professional: LPA, Inc.
  • Contractor: PCL Construction Services, Inc.
  • Anticipated Completion: Winter 2023
  • Location: Revelle College

8980 Villa La Jolla Drive

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The project at 8980 Villa La Jolla Drive is a public private partnership (P3) project located on University of California land, and designed and constructed by a private developer.

The project is planned as a new, state-of-the-art facility that will house several programs from UC San Diego Health/ School of Medicine, and UC San Diego Extension serving students, patients and the larger community. It will include approximately 110,000 square feet of office and educational space, a ground-floor café accessible to the public and approximately 275 parking spaces.

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Project Details

  • Project Manager: BNG Consultants, Emmi McLean
  • Director Real Estate P3 Development: Julie Kilpatrick
  • Capital Program Management Project Liaison: Brooke Sween-McGloin, (858) 295-9232
  • Phase: Construction
  • Developer: GPI
  • Architect: Gensler
  • Contractor: Swinerton
  • Anticipated Completion: Fall 2023
  • Location: 8980 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, CA
  • LEED Certifications Goal: Silver or higher

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