Mastering the Multi-Campus Planning Process
With over 100 user group meetings covering the three major campuses and 22 functional areas, SmithGroup’s interdisciplinary team had a daunting task ahead of them. But tackling all three campuses concurrently had advantages as well. To ensure a high level of care, having staff trained consistently with little variation requires design standards. Across such a large and complex system, creating systemwide design standards was particularly helpful as SmithGroup applied the planning and design strategies across all three sites. By relying on Scripps’ standards to organize and plan spaces across the multi-phase project, the team was able to leverage economies of scale, which helps with purchasing and procurement with vendors. Over the long-term, this will also help with maintenance and operations given the servicing of standardized systems and equipment.
The master plan also addresses the growth and development of each campus. Each campus has differing strengths and weaknesses, and specific program requirements and facilities in various states of use and age.
For the Scripps Mercy San Diego campus, a multi-step implementation plan includes building a new MOB, maintaining an operational ED and renovating an existing historic office building while executing a new 650,000-square-foot replacement hospital. Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas requires a new MOB and acute care facilities, demolishing some existing buildings to create additional space. The plan for the La Jolla campus adds a new hospital tower alongside a recently built tower and demolishing older facilities.
In the space of less than a year, the combined Scripps/SmithGroup/ Jacobs team shepherded this master planning process through to completion. Architects have been selected for implementation projects at all three sites and are moving forward with pre-design—a remarkable achievement given the complexity, scale, and compressed time frame.
This multi-campus masterplan for Scripps Health was a terrific opportunity to showcase SmithGroup’s integrated design approach to long-term challenges. Not only will this endeavor have a profound impact upon the built environment of the greater San Diego region for generations to come but it will significantly improve the lives of patients, staff, and residents across Southern California.