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Construction Timeline

December 9, 2014

Working on the building’s interior at all levels. Construction is now 73-percent complete.

September 25, 2014

The Steris Cart Washer was the first piece of medical equipment delivered to the job site.

September 3, 2014

Open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the two-story, 39,306-square-foot Medical Center Central Plant, which will service Jacobs Medical Center and any future expansion. It features three 1,300-ton water chillers, two 30,000-gallon, underground fuel tanks and four emergency generators.

Central Plant

August 14, 2014

The building’s exterior, glass curtain wall is completed 18 weeks ahead of schedule. This curtain wall is comprised of 3,527 individual, fritted glass units, 1,540 of which are unique. Interior construction in the building is underway.

October 24, 2013

The Topping Out of Jacobs Medical Center – the symbolic placing of the last beam at the top of the steel structure – was attended by UC San Diego and community leaders, friends and donors, including Joan and Irwin Jacobs. Construction workers have already started on the next phase of the project: placing the “curtain wall” (the outer covering of a building).

Topping Out

February 2013

  • As soon as the foundation was finished, workers began putting the structural steel in place. This involves 8,000 tons of steel and the use of an enormous 330-ton-capacity crane. The installation phase requiring a crane is expected to take about nine months.
  • A “Bottoming Out” celebration was held on February 22 at the construction site. This celebration marked the completion of the building’s foundation. View photos on Facebook.
Steel Strucutrer

January 2013

  • Three concrete pours were completed. The first pour on January 18th contained 220 cubic yards of concrete, weighing 770,000 pounds, to produce a 6-inch-thick slab. There were some 22 concrete trucks at the construction site, with a crew of 16 (laborers, carpenters and finishers) working on the pour. This series of pours marks the completion of Jacobs Medical Center’s concrete structural foundation, including its underground mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
  • Work is progressing on Jacobs Medical Center’s 40,000-square-foot central utility plant to be located above ground on a hillside across the street from the facility itself.
  • A 26-foot-wide hole is being excavated under Medical Center Drive South for a 160-foot-long tunnel to connect Jacobs Medical Center and its central utilities plant. So far, construction of the tunnel, which measures 27,200 cubic feet, has used more than 2 million pounds of concrete and 88 tons of rebar.
Concrete Pour

December 2012

The grading and excavation are completed, with 80,000 cubic yards of soil removed. In addition, 7,600 cubic yards of concrete poured, 1,038 tons of rebar fitted, and basement footings completed.

April 9, 2012

The official groundbreaking ceremony was attended by faculty, community leaders, friends of UC San Diego, philanthropists Joan and Irwin Jacobs and other donors. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2016.


January 3, 2012

Construction officially began on Jacobs Medical Center. The project involves the construction of a 10-story, 509,500-square-foot building and a separate 40,000-square-foot central utility plant, as well as the renovation of 31,000 square feet of the existing Thornton Hospital.