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Jacobs Medical Center at University of California, San Diego

July 2021
Member Project

Project Management Advisors, Inc.




Jacobs Medical Center on University of California, San Diego’s (UCSD) east campus in La Jolla is located in the heart of the area’s nexus of biomedical research centers and hospitals. The 10-story, 509,500-square-foot facility is built next to UCSD’s existing Thornton Hospital and connects on multiple floors. It includes a bone marrow transplant unit, 14 operating rooms, labor and delivery unit, NICU and birthing center, and a medical education center with three theaters. Amenities include a chapel, courtyard, garden, and terraces. The building in LEED-registered.

The advanced medical center supports primary and specialty medicine at the UCSD Moore’s Cancer Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Shiley Eye Center and aim to catalyze “bench to bedside” discoveries. The medical staff of the UCSD Health System is also able to expand partnerships with physician groups and community clinics.

Research Used and Lessons Learned


PMA implemented a User Change Request process in order to identify, evaluate, and implement technology and equipment updates with minimal schedule and budget impacts.

The project had to undergo a process to readjust the schedule and budget to realistic goals. During this schedule and budget “reset” process, PMA was instrumental in assisting with complex negotiations between a myriad of owner stakeholder groups and OSHPD, developing a plan to deliver the project in two distinct phases to minimize the impact of the schedule delay to the UCSD Health operations

As the owner's representative, PMA served as the liaison between the construction team, owner stakeholders, and the UCSD Fire Marshall to develop a plan to complete the physical tie-in’s between the new tower and the existing Thornton Hospital and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, mitigating potential impacts to operations and addressing fire-life safety concerns prior to construction commencing. Early and upfront coordination allowed construction to progress efficiently and opened vital lines of communication between the project team and the UCSD stakeholders impacted by the extremely invasive construction activities, which culminated in the tie-ins occurring with zero issues to hospital operations.

To make sure the project minimized impacts to the occupied facilities and the campus in general, PMA leveraged UCSD’s Advance Notice of Disruption protocol for logistics coordination.


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