Project Overview

Breaking New Ground for Research

UCSF’s mission at ZSFG 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 and academic building is critical to that mission. UCSF’s current research programs at ZSFG 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 2022.

To maintain research programs at ZSFG, UCSF is proposing to build a new research and academic 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 and academic 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 ZSFG while also meeting the needs of the surrounding community. 

Read more about the proposed UCSF Research and Academic Building at ZSFG »

A 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 ZSFG – have continued to work together to care for San Franciscans and advance health worldwide. 

At ZSFG, 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.

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.

UCSF’s clinical and research presence at ZSFG – with strong collaboration between laboratories and clinics – has led to innovative medical solutions and better patient care for all San Franciscans.

UCSF Research at ZSFG

The UCSF research programs at ZSFG 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 ZSFG 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.

Community Involvement

The research and academic 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. 

Quarterly community meetings will be held in order to keep neighbors updated on future activities at the ZSFG hospital.  

Upcoming Meetings

Quarterly ZSFG Community Meeting

January 29, 2020

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 

ZSFG Room 2A6
1001 Potrero Avenue
2nd floor in Building 5
San Francisco, CA 94110

Past Meetings

Quarterly ZSFG Community Meeting

October 16, 2019

UCSF and the architecture firm (Boldt) presented design renderings of the UCSF at ZSFG Research and Academic Building that is scheduled to break ground in 2020 Q1. The meeting summary can be found here.

July 24, 2019

UCSF shared the proposed building design and discuss the upcoming construction timeline for the UCSF at ZSFG Research and Academic Building. View the presentation here. Find the agenda here.

March 20, 2019

UCSF introduced the architecture firm for the UCSF at ZSFG Research and Academic Building.

June 26, 2017

This was the first in a series of community meetings which will include updates about the ZSFG campus and surrounding neighborhoods from ZSFG, UCSF, San Francisco Public Works and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Final EIR Certification for the UCSF Research Building & Approval of the Ground Lease by the UC Board of Regents
November 16-17, 2016

The Regents of the University of California certified the Final EIR and approved the proposed ground lease of the B/C parking lot on the ZSFG campus. Information regarding the meeting can be found on the Regents' website.

Draft EIR Public Hearing
April 21, 2016

EIR Scoping Meeting and Initial Study Publication
October 21, 2015

UCSF San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Community Meeting #2
June 17, 2013

UCSF San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Community Meeting #1
February 11, 2013


Leah Pimentel
Assistant Director, Community Relations
Community & Government Relations
University of California, San Francisco
3333 California Street, Suite 103 | San Francisco, CA 94118-0462
tel: 415/514-2651 | fax: 415/476-3541
Email: [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.