In November of 2021, UC San Diego broke ground on a multi-phase, multi-billion-dollar redevelopment of Hillcrest Medical Campus. The University had established a master plan with the vision of creating a premier wellness destination that will enhance the community and take advantage of the site's natural beauty. The first phase of the master plan includes a new outpatient pavilion, research building, infrastructure upgrades and structured parking encompassing more than 10 acres of the campus.
Working closely with UCSD and phase 1 master architect SmithGroup, Watry Design developed programming for a well-integrated parking strategy that would support their vision. Phase 1 of redevelopment incorporates a 250,000-square foot outpatient pavilion anticipated to open in 2025 and a 1,850-space parking structure anticipated to open at the end of 2023.
Watry Design is now designing the parking structure across from the new outpatient pavilion to provide convenient parking for patients and staff. Instead of users having to cross a busy street to get from the parking structure to the outpatient pavilion, an underground “spine” beneath First Street will allow safe passage for pedestrians. In addition to sixty predominately ADA parking stalls, the spine will also include a patient pick-up and drop-off area and valet service, with higher clearances to enhance the patient experience. Parking stalls for medical transport vans will reduce congestion at pick-up and drop-off areas in the spine and in front of the outpatient building.
In support of LEED goals, the parking structure is targeting Parksmart Silver certification. Sustainable features include EV charging stations for 10% of the structure’s parking stalls and two DC fast chargers, as well as charging infrastructure for an additional 20% of stalls in the future. A dedicated bicycle entry allows users to enter a secure bicycle parking area. The parking structure is also being designed to support future PV.
UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla stated, “the reimagined medical center will provide expanded opportunities for faculty, staff and students to use their knowledge and expertise for the benefit of our region through a broad scale of services and innovative treatment options.”