UCSD Medical Center La Jolla Temporary Helipad


SCH Number
Public Agency
University of California San Diego
Document Title
UCSD Medical Center La Jolla Temporary Helipad
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The project proposes the installation of a temporary helicopter landing pad 9helipad) to support the non-trauma related patient transport needs of the UCSD Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. A permanent helipad is being for the roof of the future UCSD Jacobs Medical Center Hospital Tower to be located west of UCSD Thornton Hospital; however it will not be available until approximately December 2016. The temporary helipad would be developed within Lot 3 of the UCSD Science Research Park (SRP). The development would be comprised of: a 50' x 50' concrete touchdown and liftoff area; pad lighting for nighttime flights; security fencing including the required obstruction free safety area extending approx. 60' from the edge of the helipad; ambulance access road including pedestrian access as necessary; and dust suppression measures in the form of gravel. It is estimated that the helipad could receive up to two landings per week, however it is anticipated that only one or two of these landings would be during normal business hours. The site is a future building pad within the SRP, and as such was previously graded flat and is vacant. Electric connections are available in the adjacent street. Minimal earth work is required and there are no geotechnical hazards associated with site development. Noise assessment performed for the project concluded that noise from the helipad operations would not exceed allowable noise levels at a nearby SRP research building and/or UCSD owned student housing. The project would be permitted through FAA and Caltrans to ensure all safety requirements are met.

Contact Information
Catherine Presmyk
University of California San Diego, Physical Planning, MC 0074
Lead/Public Agency
9500 Gilman Drive Mail Code 0074
La Jolla, CA 92093-0074

Phone : (858) 534-6515


La Jolla
San Diego

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15304; S:15311
Reasons for Exemption
Based on the above project description, the Temporary Helipad project is classified as exempt from the provisions of CEQA under Section 15304 Class 4, minor alterations to land, and Section 15311 Class 11, accessory structures.

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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