• Project Overview
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Project Overview

Breaking New Ground for Research

a researcher works in the lab at San Francisco General Hospital

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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An Historic Partnership

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

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 Involvement

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. 

Draft EIR Public Hearing

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7:00 pm 
SFGH Cafeteria, 1001 Potrero Avenue, 2nd floor

Public Notice

The draft EIR is available at http://campusplanning.ucsf.edu/ for a 45‐day public review and comment period beginning March 23, 2016 through May 9, 2016.  To give written feedback on the Draft EIR, comments should be sent to the attention of Ms. Diane Wong at the address noted below, or submitted via email to the following address: EIR@planning.ucsf.edu. Please include your full name and address in written correspondence. All comments must be received no later than May 9, 2016.

Scoping Meeting and Initial Study Publication

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, UCSF sponsored an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meeting at 7:00 pm at SFGH to accept feedback from the public on the Initial Study publication.  Approximately 55 community members participated in the meeting. The Initial Study includes UC San Francisco's proposal to develop a research building at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) along 23rd Street between Vermont and Utah Streets.  Additionally, it includes the City and County of San Francisco's (City's) proposal for a potential expansion of the existing SFGH public parking structure at 2500 24th Street.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7:00 pm 
SFGH Cafeteria, 1001 Potrero Avenue, 2nd floor

Agenda

Presentation

UC San Francisco is proposing to develop a research building at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) along 23rd Street between Vermont and Utah Streets. Additionally, the City and County of San Francisco (City) is proposing  a potential expansion of the existing SFGH public parking structure at 2500 24th Street.

As part of the environmental review process, the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) scoping meeting will take place Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7:00 pm, at the SFGH Cafeteria, 1001 Potrero Avenue, 2nd floor. SFGH is on MUNI lines 9, 10, 33, 48, 90. If you must drive, please park in the 24th Street garage for a fee.

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.

Proposed Project

The proposed UCSF research building would meet UC seismic safety requirements and would be 5 stories and approximately 175,000 gross square feet.  UC would acquire the site through a long-term ground lease.  The City’s proposed expansion of the existing SFGH public parking facility includes extending the garage south to 24th Street and possibly adding one floor to the height of the entire structure, potentially with the development of 20,000 square feet of retail space onsite.

EIR Scoping Meeting Purpose

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. This allows UCSF to learn about potential concerns early, as well as further define the issues, feasible alternatives and potential mitigation measures that may warrant in depth analysis in the environmental review process.

Initial Study

An Initial Study that includes a project description will be available online starting October 6, 2015 at http://campusplanning.ucsf.edu/. It also identifies the scope and content of the environmental information that will be included in the Draft EIR. You can obtain a paper or CD copy of the Initial Study by calling 415.476.2911. To give written feedback on the Initial Study, please write to Diane Wong, UCSF Campus Planning, Box 0286, San Francisco, CA 94143 or email her at EIR@planning.UCSF.edu by November 5, 2015.  The Draft EIR is expected to be published in early 2016. If you would like to be notified about the publication of the Draft EIR, or if you would like to attend the public hearing, please contact us at 415.476.3206 or community@cgr.ucsf.edu.

Please feel free to contact me with general questions at Michele.Davis@ucsf.edu or 415-476-3024.

UCSF fully ascribes to the Americans with Disabilities Act. If at any time you feel you have a need for accommodation, contact UCSF Community & Government Relations at community@cgr.ucsf.edu or 415.476.3206 with your suggested accommodation. If you would like to be on our email notification list, please email community@cgr.ucsf.edu, specifying the campus site(s) of interest: Parnassus, Mission Bay, Laurel Heights, Mount Zion, San Francisco General Hospital.


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.