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The UCSD campus, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is 1,152 acres, 310 acres of which has been set aside for parkland and open space. According to the school’s 2004 Long Range Development Plan, UCSD is approximately 83 percent built out.

Construction at UCSD to yield four new structures in 2012

By Pat Sherman

Four major construction projects at the University of California, San Diego are slated for completion this year, in addition to a $2.1 million facelift of the La Jolla Playhouse grounds.

• Phase II of the Rady School of Management

should be finished in April. The $47.2 million, 80,000 square-foot project was funded through $27.1 in state funds and private gifts from Ernest Rady and the Rady Family Foundation, Wells Fargo bank and other sources.

The west campus building, designed by

Ellerbe Becket of San Francisco and HMC Architects of San Diego

, will feature a 75-seat tiered classroom, two 45-seat instructional flat classrooms, study rooms, conference rooms, a student media room, student support offices, faculty offices, executive classrooms and research areas.

It will also include a 295-seat auditorium to accommodate conferences and student programs, named in honor of Philanthropists Betty and Dr. J Robert Beyster.

The building will be used by faculty and students in the school’s Masters of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy programs, as well as business professionals seeking continuing professional education.

The five-story structure will connect with the first phase, also known as Otterson Hall, on four levels. It is expected to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification. Phase I of the Rady School opened in June of 2007.

• Also scheduled for completion in April is the new

Southwest Fisheries Science Center

laboratory, located on the north side of La Jolla Shores Drive across from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the existing Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

The $26.1 million project, originally scheduled for completion in December, was delayed due to the magnitude of the development, UCSD officials said. UCSD is leasing land for the project to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with which it has a long, collaborative research history.

The 124,000-square-foot structure will contain an experimental aquarium, animal necropsy lab, specimen processing lab, genetic labs, physiology labs, oceanographic labs, specimen archives, electronic workshops and a large tank for testing new sampling technologies, as well as a library, conference rooms and office space for 275 scientists and support staff.

Construction of the facility was paid for in part by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The original Southwest Fisheries facility is located on the edge of a 200-foot cliff on the coastal side of La Jolla Shores Drive — a site deemed too precarious for long-term use. Removal of three buildings and native plant restoration at the original Southwest Fisheries site will begin in April.

The new building design includes photovoltaic (solar) cells, water retention systems, recycled materials and green roofs planted with California coastal chaparral. It is expected to earn a LEED gold certification.

A Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling Laboratory, slated for completion in May of 2013, will be located across the street from the new Southwest Fisheries building.

• UCSD’s

Structural and Nano Materials Engineering Building

, located diagonally across from Canyonview Aquatic Center and Warren College, should be complete in August. The $85.2 million project, designed by Safdie Rabines and Miller Hull architects, is funded almost entirely by the state. The 169,000-square-foot project is expected to receive LEED sliver certification. It will provide instruction and research space for the Department of Structural Engineering and the Department of Visual Arts, merging the areas of advanced materials testing with scientific visualization.

• A $26.1 million

parking structure


UCSD Medical Center

should be complete early this month. The project provides 1,245 parking spaces and a recreation field, under which some of the spaces were constructed.

Roughly $2.1 million in improvements to the campus’s

theater district

should be finished in June. The project includes the addition of 1,200 square feet onto the existing Mandell Weiss Theatre for a new visitor center. The work will include enhanced signage, simplified pedestrian circulation and improved nighttime lighting, as well as restoration of two acres of grove reserve that lend an identifiable character to the theater district.

A 75,000-square-foot office building on the east campus was completed in October, at a cost of $35.2 million.