The Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center and Thornton Hospital Expansion designed by RTKL is located in San Diego, United States. With the objective of achieving a better, faster project delivery, RTKL worked with UCSD to create a multi-discipline and collaborative team structure. A project ‘Board of Directors’ was formed of leadership from the hospital, builder, architect and engineer.
When design of the new hospital began, the ideal image for the facility proved to be both a physical and a political dilemma. CVC leaders wanted a distinctive building that would be a powerful new icon and brand in the community. Hospital leaders wanted the new addition to match the adjacent Thornton Hospital. RTKL led the two groups through a discussion of ownership, branding, value of image to specialty service lines, and a session on architectural communication.