UC San Diego Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center has received Modern Healthcare's highest design honor, the 2012 Modern Healthcare Design Award. Out of more than one hundred entries, only one other project received this honor in 2012.
"We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition," said Lisa Murphy, Associate Administrator for UC San Diego Health System, who shepherded the project from design to completion. "UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center was a project built by an exceptional team of physicians, architects and construction workers with a shared vision for world class heart care. It's exhilarating to know that the physical manifestation of that vision resonated with leading national designers."
These prestigious awards known to the world-wide architecture community recognize excellence in the design and planning of new and remodeled healthcare facilities by registered architects. "Effective healthcare design serves the needs of patients, caregivers, communities and the environment," said David Burda, editor of Modern Healthcare. "How well the designs serve those four stakeholders is central to our annual Design Awards competition."
The 128,000-square-foot facility is the first dedicated cardiovascular center in the San Diego region. It is situated to maximize views of the La Jolla surroundings and to capture natural light into each department. The state-of-the-art facility provides an integrated platform for research, teaching, and care-giving, all under one roof.
"UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is a unique project that truly captures the spirit of collaboration," said Jacky Yung, AIA, LEED AP, principal at RTKL Associates, Inc. "The success of delivering a world class facility that provides a new standard of healthcare, a sustainable building design leading to the LEED Gold certification, and now being awarded for design excellence are all due to the sophisticated planning and execution by the High Performance Team (HPT). RTKL is so fortunate to be part of this journey, delivering the first cardiovascular center in the region serving this special community."