Altman CTRI Building Nears Completion

Altman Building

In October, CTRI staff members toured their future home – the Altman CTRI building. Photo by Bruce Heimbach

November 2, 2015

It’s almost done. As of September 30, the construction of the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) building at the University of California, San Diego is 87 percent complete.

This $269-million, seven-story, steel-and-concrete building – scheduled to open the first quarter of 2016 – will encompass 359,000 gross square feet on the medical campus of UC San Diego in La Jolla. Named in recognition of a leadership gift from Steve and Lisa Altman, the Altman CTRI will establish a central facility that enables laboratory and clinical researchers to work side-by-side and share resources in their efforts to better understand and treat disease.

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects designed the building; Rudolph and Sletten is the general and engineering contractor on the construction project.

Current construction highlights include the following:

  • The structure “topped out” during the early summer
  • Rudolph and Sletten has been hosting a daily workforce of 210 to 260 during the summer and fall months
  • Permanent electrical power was initially connected to the structure in August; other utilities are connected and many are in testing or temporary use
  • Roof and building skin systems are nearing completion, and the building is projected to be primarily “dried in” by the first of November
  • Interior construction is framed and drywall is in place in most locations of the building
  • Painting, ceilings, and the installation of lab casework and other finish items have started on the lowest floors and will advance in sequence up through the building
  • Rudolph and Sletten expects to have two of the permanent operating elevators in service for construction use by the end of October
  • Completion is scheduled for the end of January, 2016
  • Initial move-in is anticipated for February, 2016
  • The addition of an MRI suite is planned for Spring, 2016