Enclos Awarded UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center Facade Contract

Friday, June 24, 2011
By Mic Patterson


Complex designs secure bid for UC San Diego Health System project

EAGAN, MN – June 24, 2011 - Enclos has been awarded the University of California, San Diego Jacobs Medical Center facade contract. The 10-story, 490,000 square foot building will be located on the university’s east La Jolla campus and play an integral role in the UC San Diego Health System. The structure adds 245 patient beds and three new hospitals: the Cancer Hospital, the Hospital for Women and Infants, and the Hospital for Advanced Surgery.

Enclos is providing comprehensive design/build services for the medical center’s building facade, including 205,419 square feet of curtainwall. Project scope also includes a 9,637 square foot point-fixed structural glass facade wall incorporating glass fins, 5,363 square feet of column covers and panels, and 3,867 square feet of glazed guardrails.

The architect’s design called for an enclosure system flexible enough for numerous wall geometries, including flat, segmented, curved and folded panel conditions. Enclos developed a unitized curtainwall that showcases more than 40 different radiused dimensions throughout the project, including both concave and convex surfaces. As a result, this freeform curved structure is able to minimize traditional 90-degree building corners and maximize day lighting simultaneously. Unique considerations include varying glass makeups between flat and curved surfaces that must aesthetically match but adhere to unique performance attributes. A design animation video of the Jacobs Medical Center is available for viewing here.

Curtainwall materials are to be assembled in Enclos’ nearby Pomona, California facility. Two full-scale performance and visual mockups will be conducted to verify both the performance and aesthetics of the Enclos designed systems.

The $664 million UCSD Jacobs Medical Center is scheduled for completion in June 2016.

Enclos is a leading facade technology firm, providing comprehensive design, engineering and strategic implementation services for custom facades and curtainwall cladding systems. With over 350 people and 16 office locations, the firm self-performs a spectrum of services and manages a sophisticated global supply chain, a strategy that optimizes capacity, quality and economy for its diverse client base. Enclos has been a leader in facade system development since the advent of contemporary curtainwall systems in the mid twentieth century, and is consistently ranked as a leading facade contractor in national industry surveys today. Many of the most prominent buildings in the world’s great cities showcase Enclos’ innovative approach to engineering and construction.

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