Prebys Cardiovascular Institute represents the first of a three-phase renovation on the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus in San Diego. Designers with the Culver City, Calif., office of HOK architects were given the difficult mandate of integrating the project into the existing campus while developing “a new aesthetic” for the next phase of expansion.
This was done by using the same brick and metal materials found elsewhere on campus while adding a curved glass curtain wall on the new building's southeast side.
The seven-story 167-bed institute opened in March at a cost of $456 million. It includes 59 intensive-care beds, four operating rooms, two hybrid operating rooms, three cardiac catheterization labs and an electrophysiology lab connected to research labs.
The cardiovascular institute is the bronze-prize winner in this year's Modern Healthcare Design Awards. The facility is designed to be expandable and flexible. Room shapes and sizes are designed to accommodate changes in technology, and the infrastructure can accommodate connecting bridges to future neighboring buildings. There is room for a future first-floor emergency department. Four flexible, standardized room templates were designed as “procedural boxes” that can be adjusted for any purpose, said Alicia Wachtel, project director for HOK.