Raising the Bar and Reaching New Heights

“As the Jacobs Medical Center rises into La Jolla’s skyline, we have a visible reminder of UC San Diego’s deep commitment to creating a healthier world through new science, medicine and cures.”

– Chancellor Khosla

Irwin Jacobs signs a steel beam as part of the Jacobs Medical Center "topping out" ceremony.

UC San Diego will receive a $25 million challenge gift from an anonymous donor to complete construction of the Jacobs Medical Center.  The announcement was made today at a “topping out” ceremony, which marks the midpoint between groundbreaking and completion.  In 2010, Irwin and Joan Jacobs provided the transformative lead gift of $75 million.  They were among the special guests at today’s ceremony who signed a steel beam that was then hosted to the top of the 10-story structure.  The Jacobs Medical Center is slated to open in 2016.

The steel beam is prepared for liftoff.

Special guests included Joan and Irwin Jacobs and their family members.  Several campus leaders, including Chancellor Khosla, also attended the ceremony.

Joan and Irwin Jacobs received a standing ovation before speaking at the ceremony.

The crowd applauds members of the Jacobs Medical Center construction team.

The steel beam, signed by special guests, was hoisted to the top of the Jacobs Medical Center.