The Salk Institute
Research Laboratory — La Jolla, CA

The Salk Institute

McCarthy spearheaded this 116,000-sf, two-story East Building laboratory construction addition, housing a research lab and administrative space as well as a 300-seat underground auditorium and meeting rooms.

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies embodies Jonas Salk’s mission to dare to make dreams into reality. They explore the very foundations of life, seeking new realities in neuroscience, genetics, immunology and more. Be it cancer or Alzheimer’s, aging or diabetes, they understand that every cure has a starting point. The Salk Institute works on finding those cures.

Square Feet

Construction Manager

  • Heery International


  • CO Architects (formerly Anshen + Allen)


  • Barrett Consulting Group
  • Ove Arup & Partners


  • Arup Acoustics
  • Carmen Nordsten Igonda Design
  • Debra Nichols Design
  • Earl Walls Associates
  • Kawasaki Theilacker Ueno & Associates
  • Rabourn Associates
  • Sherr & Wagner

Anything worth doing is worth doing well, and that was expressed in the spirit and the work that was done here. 

Dr. Jonas Salk

As an edifice, it exceeds our expectations. It is a celebration of an extraordinary vision and of superb craftsmanship.

John Henry Felix, Trustee Chairman
The Salk Institute


Paul King

Paul King

9275 Sky Park Court
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92123

Awards and Recognition

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1996 Build America Award

Merit Award Winner
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AGC of America

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1996 Constructor Award

Innovation in Construction Techniques
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
AGC of California

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1996 Annual Award

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American Concrete Institute
San Diego International Chapter

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1996 Craftsmanship Honor Award

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American Institute of Architects
California Chapter

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1995 Melvin McCarthy Award

Excellence in Quality Management
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.