University of California San Diego Jacobs Medical Center Central Plant in La Jolla, CA Wins Award from Metal Construction Association

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- October 14, 2015 – University of California San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs Medical Center Central Plant in La Jolla, CA Wins Award from Metal Construction Association in the Institutional category.

The 39,306 square-foot two-story Medical Center Central Plant on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, CA features three 1,300 ton water chillers, two 30,000 gallon underground fuel tanks, and four emergency generators that serve Jacobs Medical Center.

Metal panels were used on the building’s exterior to carry the crisp sight lines and provide the finish and performance values that were required by this project.

“This was interesting because it was up against all the hospitals in the institutional category, you couldn’t do what they did with another material but metal…with all the details and bend, someone knew how to put it together really, really, really well,” said architect Elaine Fitzgerald, AIA, CCS, one of the MCA judges.

Consistency of the exterior metal panels was one of this project’s major goals and achievements. Alignment of the curved roof and wall panels was critical. The building has a flowing horizontal fascia that stretches from the rolling landscape to the roofline and back again.

Reynobond® aluminum composite panels from Alcoa Architectural Products were a clear choice because of  the look, finish, and performance values that were required by this project.

The CCRS Rainscreen System from MCA member DAMS Incorporated, was utilized in multiple scopes on this project including walls, fascia, soffits, and roof panels along with an integrated custom aluminum extrusion battens system without the sight of exposed fasteners and sealant joint. 

The exterior cladding system incorporated 4 different custom color finishes of Reynobond's 4mm aluminum composite material panels.  Reynobond is manufactured by MCA Member Alcoa Architectural Products.

DAMS Incorporated designed and fabricated a secondary curved roof cladding system that was suspended over the main green roof and rolled down the walls and over grade.  The roof cladding system included aluminum support post, secondary system framing, and custom roll formed extrusion snap in batten system to fulfill the architectural drawings and design intent. 

The award was announced at METALCON, the metal construction industry’s annual tradeshow and conference held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida October 14 -16. The Chairman’s Awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA member companies based on overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

Recipients for these awards are selected each year from projects submitted by MCA members to Metal Architecture Magazine’s annual Design Awards Program. The honorees were chosen by a panel of professional architects, which included Elaine Fitzgerald, AIA, CCS, ArchiTech Consulting, Inc., Mount Prospect, IL; Michael G. Fitzgerald, AIA, Principal, OKW Architects, Chicago, IL; and Ted Haug, AIA, LEED AP, Legat Architects, Chicago, IL. 

The MCA Chairman’s Awards were given in eight categories: commercial/industrial; education, colleges and universities; education, primary and secondary schools; institutional; metal roofing; municipal; and residential. The judges also recognized a project with an award for overall excellence.

METALCON is the only event dedicated to metal construction products, technologies, and solutions.

Project Recognition

MCA Member Manufacturer: Alcoa Architectural Products

MCA Member Metal Fabricator: DAMS Incorporated-D. Architectural Metal Solutions Inc.

Architect: Cannon Design

Contractor: Kitchell Contractors, Inc.

Metal Installer: Best Contracting Services, Inc.

About the Metal Construction Association

The Metal Construction Association brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research, technology, and education. Companies involved in MCA gain tremendous benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. MCA’s market development efforts increase the use of metal materials in construction through the education of the building and design communities regarding the benefits of metal.