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A New Destination Heart Care Center

Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute
La Jolla, California, USA

“We are pleased to partner with HOK, an acknowledged industry leader, to build an innovative, patient-centric facility that reflects the most advanced health care design principles.”

Chris Van Gorder
President and CEO, Scripps Health

The new Prebys Cardiovascular Institute on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital is the region’s largest and most advanced center dedicated to cardiovascular care.

The seven-story tower unites people and technology in one facility to advance innovative treatment options for patients with cardiovascular diseases.

The contemporary design features an exterior composition of brick, glass and metal panels that respects the aesthetic of campus buildings. Stacked brick and punched windows that line the north and west facades relate to the La Jolla campus and its architectural character. The curved glass curtain wall on the southeast presents a message of transparency to the community. Glass curtain walls enclose the stairs on the south, east and west facades, serving as beacons of light.

An enriched hardscape of colored concrete pavers extends from the tower’s face to the vehicular circulation, echoing the building’s concave shape. From this form, a succession of lines is created with trees that extend out from the building.

Interior spaces support advanced medical treatment, patient care, research, clinical trials and graduate medical education within an environment that delivers patient-and-family-centered care. The flexible layout supports the hospital’s mission while accommodating future plans for growth.

Large, circular skylights and a well-defined ceiling plane help organize the space, while both the ceiling and floor patterns provide intuitive wayfinding cues. Inspired by the light, colors and textures of the natural landscape and beauty of La Jolla, the interior materials and finishes establish an engaging yet peaceful setting that promotes healing.

The 167-bed institute includes 59 intensive-care beds, four operating rooms, two hybrid operating rooms, six cardiac catheterization labs, diagnostic testing and digital imaging. All patient rooms feature a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows to provide patients, visitors and staff with abundant natural light and expansive views.

The facility represents the first phase of a 25-year master plan that is transforming Scripps Memorial Hospital’s La Jolla campus.


383,000 sq. ft. / 35,580 sq. m.


Interior Design


ENR California – Award of Merit, Health Care

Modern Healthcare Design Awards – Bronze Award


24 September 2015
“ENR California Recognizes Four HOK Projects as Best of 2015”
HOK News

22 September 2015
“HOK-Designed New Prebys Cardiovascular Institute Supports Patient- and Family-Centered Care”
The McMorrow Reports

5 September 2015
“Bronze Award: Prebys Cardiovascular Center”
Modern Healthcare

8 May 2015
“Prebys Cardiovascular Institute”
Healthcare Design Magazine

2 March 2015
“New Prebys Cardiovascular Institute Opens in Southern California”
HOK News 

18 November 2014
“Scripps Takes Possession of Prebys Cardiovascular Institute”
Medical Construction & Design 

26 November 2012
“The Best Medicine for Fixing the Modern Hospital”
Fast Company