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Parnassus Heights Re-Envisioning Process

UCSF’s historic Parnassus Heights campus is home to its four professional schools, a hospital, dental center and outpatient clinics and a robust research community, as well as myriad services open to the public. UCSF’s process to re-envision our Parnassus Heights campus will identify potential improvements that would further neighborhood goals for the physical environment in the areas surrounding the campus.

Project Overview

The goal of the planning process is to develop a holistic renovation plan that enables the Parnassus Heights campus to remain a flagship destination for UCSF’s excellence in clinical care, life sciences research and education. As part of this process, the re-envisioning will comprehensively evaluate improvements to building design and functionality, public spaces and pedestrian connectivity, as well as vehicular traffic flow. 

UCSF convened a working group comprised of community leaders, neighbors, merchants, city representatives and UCSF staff to discuss UCSF’s process to reinvigorate the Parnassus Heights campus. For a full list of working group members, click here. The purpose and charge of the group is to inform the re-envisioning process by:

  1. advising UCSF staff on neighborhood issues and opportunities related to the re-envisioning process, 
  2. articulating key community planning and design principles to be considered by UCSF as it contemplates future projects, 
  3. identifying recommended strategies and actions for addressing community concerns regarding the physical development of the campus, 
  4. providing input and feedback to UCSF staff for the purpose of helping UCSF be a good neighbor to the community at large, and 
  5. serving as a communication link between UCSF and the community. Information garnered from the community process will inform the University’s planning efforts.

Community Involvement

UCSF is engaging with our community through a community working group, open house events, a neighborhood survey and other outreach efforts.

Community Working Group

All meetings were open to the public. The final meeting was held on on Thursday, May 24, 2019.

The complete list of the Parnassus Heights Community Working Group meetings:

5.24.19 Meeting Agenda and 5.24.19 Presentation
5.24.19 Meeting Handouts: Updated Community Ideas (version 4) and UCSF Parnassus Campus Needs

Community Open Houses 

In addition to the working group meetings, UCSF hosted three community open house events to engage the community at large. UCSF advertised and promoted these events through our community email list-serv, social media and postcards to neighbors. 

  • Monday, November 26  

11.26 Open House Agenda 

11.26 Open House Presentation

Community Survey Summary (Handout)

UCSF Parnassus Heights Fact Sheet (Handout)

Community Engagement Process (Handout)

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019

3.20 Open House Agenda

3.20 Open House Presentation

Draft Community Ideas (Handout)

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019

6.12 Open House Agenda

6.12 Open House Presentation

Revised Draft Community Ideas (Handout)

Community Survey 

A community survey was conducted in August 2018 seeking neighborhood feedback in identifying potential improvements that would further neighborhood goals for the physical environment that surrounds the Parnassus Heights campus. We received 1,139 responses to the survey. A summary of the survey results can be found in the October 1, 2018 presentation.

We welcome your comments and ideas to inform UCSF’s planning and design process for Parnassus Heights.


For more information about Parnassus Heights Re-Envisioning Process, please contact Lily Wong.

Lily Wong
Assistant Director, Community Relations
Strategic Communications & University Relations

University of California, San Francisco
3333 California Street, Suite 103, Box 0462 | San Francisco, CA 94118
tel: 415.476.8318 | mobile: 415.650.7443
[email protected]

Community & Government Relations Projects

UCSF is engaged in a variety of ongoing projects designed to enhance the campus and medical center, and better serve both patients and the greater community. When we embark on any project, planning always includes engagement with the local community.