A new, 10-story, 509,500 SF specialty hospital with two basement levels on the campus of UCSD, directly adjacent and connected to Thornton Hospital. It specializes on three areas: maternity and infant care, cancer treatment and advanced surgery. The project added 245 new beds and includes a helicopter landing pad with direct access to all floors, garden-based design to maximize natural light as well as dedicated family areas on each bed floor. The site design yields itself to sustainable drainage solutions that protect the receiving stream bed to the south of the site. A new high efficiency central plant, which was included in this project, energizes and serves the bed tower, in addition to other current and future facilities of the UCSD East Campus Master Plan. The roughly 43,000 SF central plant is located offsite and across the main loop road from the new tower and is a free-standing 2-story structure housing mechanical and electrical equipment, as well as shop space and offices. A utility tunnel houses the critical hospital services that cross under the main road. The project also includes roughly 70,000 SF of renovations to the existing Thornton Hospital and consisted primarily of renovations to Imaging, Surgery, and Support Spaces located on the existing lower level. Not only is the project critical to meet the growing medical needs of the San Diego community but, as a hospital operated by a research university, Jacobs Medical Center will work in concert with research facilities on campus to further advance and implement areas of genomics and translational medicine.