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

New Hospital Building Draft Environmental Impact Report

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) analyzes potential environmental impacts that would result from implementing the New Hospital Building (NHB) project.  The Draft EIR is available for public review and comment for 45 days from January 16, 2024 to March 1, 2024.  Please see the Draft EIR for details about commenting on this document and attending the Draft EIR public hearing.

Draft EIR

Construction Updates

Community construction updates for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland campus are available through UCSF Community and Government Relations (CGR). You can sign up for construction updates about the Oakland campus at by selecting Oakland Community Construction Updates.

Modernization Construction Project Updates

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

December 13, 2023
Community Meeting No. 6
See meeting materials

October 11, 2023
Community Meeting No. 5
See meeting materials

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