Project Overview

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland has a rich history as a pillar in the Bay Area community as a safety net hospital that serves as one of the very few acute care pediatric hospitals providing Level 1 trauma services. However, aged facilities and functional obsolescence have presented challenges to the long-term viability of the hospital, including seismically non-compliant buildings, capacity constraints, inefficient layouts, and undersized facilities for the current Program of Care. 

As part of BCH Oakland campus modernization efforts, the hospital has identified areas of pressing need to be addressed in the New Hospital Building Project. These include the need for private patient rooms, rather than open wards and shared rooms; space for families; an enlarged Emergency Department, providing properly sized rooms for our current patient volumes with adjacent imaging services; larger Operating Rooms to accommodate advanced medical technologies; and dedicated mental health inpatient beds to address the pressing, unmet need for adolescent mental health care and services. 

To address these needs, UCSF BCH Oakland has set out the following goals for the New Hospital Building Project:  

  • Create seismically compliant acute care facilities  
  • Address aged facilities and functional obsolescence  
  • Resolve capacity constraints   
  • Build state-of-the-art and sustainable health facilities  
  • Improve the patient and family experience 
  • Create mental health inpatient facilities and services  
  • Provide facilities that match the excellence of care provided by our staff  
  • Maintain Hospital operations throughout construction  
  • Ensure the long term-viability of the hospital  

Community Involvement

Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report
The Notice of Preparation (NOP) is to advise that UCSF BCH Oakland will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the New Hospital Building project. Publication of the NOP provides the community and public agencies an opportunity to provide early input regarding the environmental topics they would like to see analyzed in the EIR.
The NOP is available for a 30-day public review and comment period beginning May 22 through June 21, 2023Read the NOP here
You may obtain a paper version of the NOP by calling (415) 502-5952.

In March 2023, UCSF BCH Oakland held the first of a series of community meetings introducing the New Hospital Building project. Community meetings will occur regularly throughout the project design process, anticipated to take approximately 12-14 months. Stay updated

September 13, 2023
Community Meeting No. 4
See meeting materials

May 10, 2023
Community Meeting No. 3
See meeting materials

April 4, 2023
Community Meeting No. 2
See meeting materials

March 8, 2023
Community Meeting No. 1
See meeting materials


Jessica Arline
Associate Director, Community and Government Relations
[email protected] | 628.777.4513