Kitchell breaks ground on UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center

Rendering courtesy of Cannon Design

LA JOLLA, Calif. (April 10, 2012) – Kitchell officially broke ground this week on the long-anticipated UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, a 500,000-square-foot medical center featuring three new specialty hospitals dedicated to cancer, advanced surgery, and women and infants.

The unique center will provide a state-of-the-art environment for the most innovative, patient-focused care available. It is named in honor of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs family, who provided a $75 million pledge to see the medical center come to fruition.

“It’s gratifying to continue our healthcare building legacy in San Diego County with such a landmark project,” said Kitchell President Dan Pierce.

The unique method of managing the project via modified integrated project delivery includes a board of directors that oversees design and construction progress with six distinct teams reporting to it. The project is comprised of a 495,000-square-foot, 246-bed addition and a 40,000-square-foot central utility plant addition along with 70,000 square feet of renovations to the existing space. Once completed, the new 10-story (eight above and two below ground)  medical center will include a comprehensive list of services including: women and infant program, NICU/post partum unit, medical/surgical/bariatric facilities, cancer center, labs, pharmacy, and an imaging department. It will also house an intra-operative MRI and CT, the first in the nation.

Kitchell, along with Cannon Design the project architect,  designed a full-scale operating room mock-up made entirely out of foam to accurately map out hospital’s finished look and feel, saving millions in design costs during the three-year preconstruction period. The mock-up has become an innovative work/meeting space used by the hospital staff, foundation staff and construction and design team.


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