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Altman CTRI Building: Spring 2012 Update

Redefining Medical Care

The CTRI has reached another milestone en route to realizing its future permanent home, the Altman CTRI Building. Thanks to the recent approval of the design by the UC Regents and the UC San Diego Design Review Board, we are just 6 months away from groundbreaking on the new $269 million structure, encompassing 192,600 ASF (359,000 GSF) on UC San Diego’s La Jolla Health System Campus.

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, the project’s architects, and the CTRI Building Advisory Committee came up with inspiring solutions to the challenges of connecting CTRI members to each other, to nearby clinical entities, and to the natural environment, while providing efficient work areas. The building is beautiful: its overall profile will have a pleasing diversity of angles, its interior will contain open, light-filled spaces, and occupants will be able to view the outdoor environment from many vantage points within the structure.

The Altman CTRI Building will be a split-level, seven-floor structure, integrated into the natural topography of the canyon. Three floors will be below grade and four will be at or above street-level. Floors are arranged in a five-sided polygon enclosing a terrace at street level and a courtyard on Lower Level 3. The green theme is repeated with another terrace on the exterior of the auditorium on Level 1. To further integrate with the natural environment, the building will likely achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. The structure will accommodate 52,000 ASF of research and core laboratories; 66,000 ASF of dry research space; multiple conference rooms and a large lecture hall; offices for CTRI administration and the SCVC; and other facilities.

Official groundbreaking is set for January 2013, with building completion by early 2016

About UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute:

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium, led by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Science. Established in 2010, ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational and clinical research throughout the San Diego region to bring discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, and facilitates training and education of the next generation of researchers. ACTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,500 members.