Project Design – Gensler
Alongside three office buildings at the corner of a very visible intersection along Villa La Jolla Drive stood a vacant, run down restaurant that the owner wished to demolish and develop something that would bring new life to the overall parcel. The team was presented with the challenge to design a modern medical office building with an architectural language that would relate to the existing wood framed office buildings built in the early 1980’s, creating an overall campus feel on the parcel. A prominent feature of the existing office buildings is the white, wood lap siding that wraps around the entire structure.
The team decided to pick up on the wood siding language by introducing a sandblasted GFRC linear panel that was installed as a rain screen façade for the primary skin for the new building. The clean lines of the GFRC panels installed in a running bond pattern pick up on the language of the existing buildings while introducing a very modern aesthetic to the campus.
Located off Via La Jolla Drive, in a space formerly occupied by El Torito, now stands the La Jolla Village Medical Office Building. Tenant improvements are now complete and the the 2-story, 14,750 SF medical office building houses a UCSD Urgent Care and numerous medical offices. The project is a new Type-V-B, steel-framed and fire sprinklered building, with a glass fiber reinforced concrete and metal panel clad exterior façade. The roof is a flat, composition built-up system.
The project is under review by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is vying for a LEED Silver Certification for New Construction. Some of the green features included in the building’s design that will help achieve this LEED status are:
- 50% purchasing goal of FSC certified wood products
- 10% purchasing goal of recycled content materials for non MEP building materials
- Recycle or salvage no less than 75% of site-generated waste
- Use of Low Emitting Materials
There were a number of difficult conditions on the site. The tight construction schedule, with long lead procurement items and multiple owner change orders were some of the obstacles faced by the project team. Multiple trade contractors were working on top of each other to complete the project on time causing some productivity issues. The Project Superintendent, Steve Honn worked diligently to keep the subcontractors on pace and work through the changes.
The construction site was adjacent to a very busy intersection in La Jolla and to minimize the impact of construction traffic for deliveries our team proposed an access route off Villa Norte which limited the impact to the main site entrance off Villa La Jolla.