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The University of California, San Diego Health System broke ground in January on a $698 million project that will tack on new hospitals to its La Jolla campus.

The major new medical facility, named the UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, is the result of a $75 million gift from Joan and Irwin M. Jacobs that was announced in April 2010.

The expanded facility will be made up of the existing Thornton Hospital and three new specialty hospitals: Hospital for Cancer Care, Hospital for Women and Infants, and Hospital for Advanced Surgery.

The project, located at 9300 Campus Point Drive, involves the construction of a 10-story, 509,500-square-foot building and a separate 40,000-square-foot central plant, as well as a 65,000-square-foot renovation of the existing Thornton Hospital.

The project, which features a garden-based design to maximize natural light, will add 245 beds, including Intermediate Care Unit (IMU) beds, bone marrow transplant (BMT) beds and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds.

Scripps’ Proton Therapy Center in Mira Mesa will be the second institution to offer proton therapy on the West Coast when open next year.

Construction officially began in January, and the project is slated to open in 2016. Cannon Design is the architect and Kitchell is the builder, with a goal of achieving a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

Not too far away, a pricey project is also rising at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

The $456 million Prebys Cardiovascular Institute will be seven stories tall when complete, featuring 383,000-square-feet of space.

Scripps Health is replacing the existing hospital with three new hospital towers to meet state earthquake safety mandates.

The first of the towers is named after San Diego developer and philanthropist Conrad Prebys, who donated $45 million to help build the new cardiovascular institute.

The institute will fit 108 inpatient beds in private rooms; 60 intensive care beds; six state-of-the-art operating rooms; and as many as six cardiac catheterization labs.

“The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute is the cornerstone of a 25-year master plan that will transform the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus and redefine health care in San Diego for the 21st century,” said Lisa Ohmstede, public relations manager of Scripps Health.

The institute will integrate cardiovascular programs throughout the Scripps Health system and Kaiser Permanente.

Every year, more than 55,000 patients receive their cardiovascular care from Scripps, making it the largest heart care provider in the region.

The design incorporates natural light, views of nature, reduced noise and a subdued color palette. Patient room amenities include wireless Internet access, LCD screen televisions and pullout couches so family members can stay overnight.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is the construction management firm and HOK Architects is the project architect.

Groundbreaking occurred in June 2011 and construction is now under way, with an opening slated for 2015.

The VA San Diego Health Care System is in makeover mode in La Jolla over the next few years.

The first phase of its 400-spot parking garage, located in its current employee lot, is expected to kick off this summer with completion slated for 2013. A $5.5 million project to renovate 11,000 square feet at its south unit will create 30 private rooms, which will eventually be medical and surgical beds. The first phase of the project is scheduled to wrap up this summer.

A three-story, 30,000 square-foot modular building for administrative functions will create more clinical space in the medical center. The project was slated to start in July.

A $6 million emergency department renovation and expansion project started in fiscal year 2011, and will be completed in three phases.

The Scripps Proton Therapy Center will be the second proton therapy center west of the Rockies when it opens by early summer 2013. The center is being developed by Advanced Particle Therapy LLC in Mira Mesa, meaning there is no capital expenditure by Scripps for the facility.

Located at 9577 Summers Ridge Road, the $220 million center is designed and being built by The Haskell Co.

It will have the capacity to treat 2,400 cancer patients annually, using one of science’s most sophisticated weapons against cancer: highly accurate proton beam therapy.

“Proton therapy involves the use of a controlled beam of protons to target tumors with unmatched control and precision, which limits damage to surrounding healthy tissue,” explained Stephen Carpowich, a Scripps Health spokesman.

The 102,000-square-foot facility will include five treatment rooms, 16 patient exam rooms and MRI, CT and PET/CT imaging services in support of proton therapy.

Scripps Clinic Medical Groups will oversee medical services at the center, and Scripps Health will provide its clinical management services.

Located on the School of Medicine campus on UC San Diego’s La Jolla campus, the Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility ll answers the need for wet lab and dry research space at UCSD Health Sciences.

The project is targeting LEED Platinum certification.

“Wet laboratory space on campus is now at capacity, and there is lack of space to support major new sponsored-research programs,” said Debra Kain, a UCSD spokeswoman.

Many of the existing buildings are overcrowded, and approximately 225,000 square feet of research space is currently leased off campus.

McCarthy Building is the general contractor and the architect is ZGF Zimmer, Gunsul, Frasca Architects LLP.

Construction on the $180 million facility is slated for completion in late 2013.

In the downtown area, Sharp Rees-Stealy is busy erecting San Diego’s first LEED Gold-certified medical office building.

The three-story site at 300 Fir Street in Bakers Hill will feature 100 exam rooms, 36 physician offices, 20 administrative offices and specialty and support rooms.

The $25 million project broke ground in February 2011 and is expected to wrap up in November 2012.

Work is being performed by Rudolph & Sletton Inc.

Sharp Rees-Stealy has multiple locations throughout San Diego County, including Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, La Mesa and Chula Vista.

Sharp Memorial Hospital at 7901 Frost Street in Kearny Mesa is getting a seismic retrofit to comply with state legislation.

The project includes an upgrade of the elevators, new energy-efficient windows and a remodel of the fourth floor central tower from double occupancy Med-Surg rooms to a single-occupancy ICU.

The 675-licensed bed hospital is 40 percent complete with the retrofit of the south tower, and the retrofit of the central tower is 20 percent done. A remodel of the fourth floor central tower from 20 beds to 10 beds is in permit review.

The project, being completed by Swinerton Builders, Condon Johnson and GKK Works, will wrap up in August 2013.

Nearby, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, at 3003 Health Center Drive, is undergoing an expansion that will add 37 new beds and a new nurse call system.

It will increase capacity of the neonatal intensive care unit by 40 percent, with 15 new private beds. All semi-private rooms are being converted to private rooms, and private bathrooms are getting upgrades.

The project, by Swinerton Builders and NTD Architecture, is expected to be completed by December 2012.

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