Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, California, United States of America


Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, California

The University of California and San Diego (UCSD) initiated construction of Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) building at La Jolla in San Diego, US, in January 2013.

The CTRI provides laboratory and clinical researchers with an environment for collaboration and resource-sharing to better understand and treat diseases such as cancer, arthritis and diabetes.

The building is named after San Diego-based philanthropists Lisa and Steve Altman, who contributed $10m for the construction of the CTRI building in March 2011. The structure was officially opened in March 2016.

The facility provides employment to 1,000 people, including approximately 100 principal investigators. It is home to biomedical informatics specialists, telemedicine specialists, electronic health record technology specialists, imaging specialists and biomedical engineers.

Clinical and translational research institute design

"The CTRI provides laboratory and clinical researchers with an environment for collaboration and resource-sharing to better understand and treat diseases such as cancer, arthritis and diabetes."

The new facility is a seven-storey building with three floors below ground and four above. The building has a pentagonal structure, which is enclosed with a terrace at street level, a courtyard on lower level three, and another terrace on the exterior of the auditorium at level one, which features a green theme.

The facility is connected to the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Centre by a pier-supported pedestrian bridge.

Research institute facilities

The new facility is engaged in research to accelerate the development new technologies, drugs and procedures for patients. It is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and clinical research facilities. It invites talented people from all disciplines, such as physicians, geneticists, engineers, immunologists and computer scientists, to carry out research and to collaborate on cures for specific diseases.

The Altman CTRI is also the new home for the UC San Diego paediatric diabetes research centre.

"The construction of the CTRI was completed in March 2016."

The building has a total floor space of 359,000ft². It includes roughly 189,000ft² of space for research and core laboratories, 66,000ft² of space for the dry research, multiple conference rooms, a large lecture hall and other facilities.

CTRI administration offices are also located in the building. Other facilities include a vivarium, auditorium, and café.

Construction of the Altman clinical and translational research institute

The ground breaking for the construction of the CTRI facility was held on 17 January 2013. The actual construction work began in April 2013 and was completed in March 2016.

The building aims to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. It was constructed in compliance with environmentally-friendly norms and uses zero energy strategies.

Altman CTRI contractors


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The new CTRI facility has been designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF) architects. The construction contract has been awarded to Rudolph and Sletten, who is the construction manager, with assistance from UC San Diego Facilities Design and Construction.
Rudolph and Sletten invited bids for 38 subcontract works for the construction of the building.

Research institute financing

The total estimated investment for the construction of the project is about $269m. In addition to the $10m contribution by Steve and Lisa Altman, the rest of the project costs were met through external and public financing as part of research funding from the UCSD.