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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, 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

Project Timeline

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UC San Diego's Green Building Program aligns with UC system-wide goals of achieving Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design (LEED) Silver Certification for all new buildings. The campus  will seek to achieve a LEED Platinum rating for the Design and Innovation Building.

Construction Schedule and Impacts

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.

Minimizing Noise and Dust

The campus takes steps to minimize construction-related noise. Campus Planning completed a study to identify common construction activities and confirm 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 the construction site, the contractor installs a screened perimeter fence to contain debris and will hose down dirt during excavation and other construction activities.

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

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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


  • 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


Capital Program Management shared information on development of the Design and Innovation Building with the campus community through open houses, town halls, meetings, campus notices, email and social media. Efforts included:

Questions or Comments?

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