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Project Details

a researcher works in the lab at San Francisco General Hospital

Breaking New Ground for Research

UCSF’s mission at SFGH is to provide patients with extraordinary care, informed and enhanced by research. With research laboratories in close proximity to clinics, faculty can collaborate across disciplines and make the discoveries that transform health worldwide, while maintaining their focus on healing individual patients.

A new research building is critical to that mission. UCSF’s current research programs at SFGH are housed in the City & County of San Francisco’s historic red brick buildings. For safety reasons, the University of California’s seismic safety policy requires UCSF vacate the buildings by October 2019.

To maintain research programs at SFGH, UCSF is proposing to build a new research building. This building would house about 800 UCSF employees, including 200 UCSF physician-scientists and clinicians.

UCSF held community meetings in 2013 to introduce the proposed research building to its neighbors and is continuing to solicit feedback and perspectives from them. These neighbors play a key role in helping UCSF address the seismic challenges at SFGH while also meeting the needs of the surrounding community. 

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Toland Medical College, which eventually became UCSF, was originally built across the street from the San Francisco county hospital to provide training to doctors who would go on to serve the city's population. Photo courtesy of UCSF Library

An Historic Partnership

In 1864, Toland Medical College opened across the street from the San Francisco county hospital, with the goal of providing scientific training for doctors to serve the citizens of the Gold Rush city. For more than 140 years, the offspring of those two entities – UCSF and SFGH – have continued to work together to care for San Franciscans and advance health worldwide. 

At SFGH, there are approximately 6,200 employees, including 1,900 UCSF employees.

UCSF physicians work side-by-side with the San Francisco Department of Public Health staff to treat patients, conduct research, and train medical, nursing, dental, pharmacy and advanced science students. UCSF’s clinical and research presence at SFGH – with strong collaboration between laboratories and clinics – has led to innovative medical solutions and better patient care for all San Franciscans.

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UCSF Research at SFGH

The UCSF research programs at SFGH are essential to the hospital’s success in providing top quality care, delivering an outstanding teaching program and serving the community’s needs. The research at SFGH focuses on the hospital’s patients, which often include the City’s most vulnerable populations. Our patients benefit in real time from the best that medical science has to offer.

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Community Meeting Information

The proposed research building will continue to evolve through the public review process. UCSF is committed to working with the community and will continue to solicit feedback and perspectives on the research building from civic leaders, community stakeholders and neighbors. 

Future Meetings

Proposed UCSF Research Building at SFGH:
Delay of Scoping Meeting and Initial Study Publication

UC San Francisco is proposing to develop a research building at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) on a surface parking lot owned by the City and County of San Francisco, located along 23rd Street between Vermont and Utah Streets.  In addition, the City and County of San Francisco (City) may propose to expand the existing SFGH public parking structure at 2500 24th Street.  Both UCSF’s research building and the City’s potential garage expansion will be evaluated for their environmental impacts in an Environmental Impact Report or EIR, which UCSF will prepare.  The scope of the analysis to be included in that EIR will be described in an Initial Study, which will be the subject of a public scoping meeting. The scoping meeting provides an opportunity for the community to discuss the scope and content of the environmental information they expect to see included in the Draft EIR.

Delay

UCSF placed ads in EL Tecolote and the Potrero View regarding the environmental review process, including the announcement of the scoping meeting that was to be held in August.  Due to unforeseen complications in preparing the Initial Study, both the publication of the Initial Study and the scoping meeting have been delayed.  We will notify the community and place new ads when the Initial Study publication date and the scoping meeting date have been redscheduled.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Proposed Project

The proposed UCSF research building would meet UC seismic safety requirements and would be five stories and approximately 175,000 gross square feet.  UC would acquire the site through a long term ground lease with the City.  The City is considering options for expanding the existing SFGH public parking structure.

UCSF at SFGH

UCSF’s mission at SFGH is to provide patients with extraordinary care, informed and enhanced by research. UCSF physicians work with San Francisco Department of Public Health staff to treat patients, conduct research and train medical, nursing, dental, pharmacy and advanced science students. The research is dictated by the needs of patients, especially those from high-risk or underserved populations, which directly impacts the health of San Francisco citizens as a whole. With research laboratories in close proximity to clinics, faculty can collaborate across disciplines and make the discoveries that transform health worldwide, while maintaining their focus on healing individual patients. A new research building is critical to that mission.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. For further information, please contact for: Michele.Davis@ucsf.edu  or 415-476-3024.

Past Meetings

UCSF San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Community Meeting #2
Monday, June 17, 2013
6:30PM
SFGH Hospital Cafeteria (2nd Floor)
1001 Potrero Avenue

UCSF SFGH Community Meeting #1
Feb. 11, 2013

A community meeting was held on Feb. 11, 2013, and was attended by approximately 30 people. A joint presentation was made by representatives from UCSF and the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health.  Contextual information was provided about the longstanding 140 year relationship between UCSF and SFGH highlighting some of the bench to bedside benefits of this research to the community, the city and beyond.  Discussion focused on the proposed interim seismic work and the proposed UCSF research building at SFGH, along with parking options currently under study. There were several breaks throughout the agenda soliciting public feedback and discussion. Next steps were discussed for this proposed project at the conclusion of the meeting.