UCSD Chooses Architect For New Cardiovascular Center 


October 24, 2005 

RTKL Associates of Los Angeles has been chosen to design UCSD’s Cardiovascular Center facility at the John M. and Sally B. Thornton Hospital on the UCSD East Campus medical center complex in La Jolla. The formal appointment for RTKL to serve as the Executive Architect is pending UC Office of the President approval.

The Cardiovascular Center is proposed to include 16-20 examination rooms, related diagnostic and treatment services and office space. In recent years, the UCSD Cardiovascular Center Board has raised $30 million to build a dedicated, state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Center to centralize UCSD’s clinical and clinical research activities in heart and vascular disease and stroke management.

“We are thrilled with the choice of RTKL to build our facility,” said Anthony DeMaria, M.D., Director of the UCSD Cardiovascular Center. “Our goal for the UCSD Cardiovascular Center is to be a model of translational research, evaluating new drugs and technologies and bringing the best into the clinical setting for the benefit of patients. We think RTKL is the best architectural firm to help us achieve this goal.”

RTKL has extensive experience in designing health structures. Their healthcare portfolio includes several prominent heart and medical centers such as: The Denton A. Cooley Building at The Texas Heart Institute in Houston, The Indiana Heart Hospital in Indianapolis, Freeman Heart Institute in Joplin, Missouri, and New Cross Heart Centre in Wolverhampton, England, University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital, the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

UCSD’s East Campus medical center complex is site of a growing number of specialized patient care centers and related research programs, including the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center, currently under construction, and the Shiley Eye Center.

The UCSD Thornton Hospital, which opened in 1993, anchors the medical complex and will also be expanded as part of this project. The hospital is either nearing or at capacity in many key services, including intensive care unit (ICU) beds. Planning will focus on adding ICU beds, expanding the emergency room, and adding some operating rooms, cardiac catheterization labs, and other procedure rooms and support space to Thornton Hospital.

Completed plans for the full project will be presented to the Regents for final approval. In addition to the philanthropic support, the project will be funded from cash reserves and debt financing.

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