A woman overlooks the landscape beyond a Parnassus Heights balcony


A Need for Investment

While the Parnassus Heights campus has evolved with new campus construction and renovation over the years, UCSF’s investment has not kept pace with its aging facilities or changes in programmatic need, resulting in infrastructure, buildings and interior spaces that require significant renewal and investment. Now that the development of the Mission Bay campus is nearly completed, UCSF is turning its attention to Parnassus Heights to ensure the campus can support the excellence of UCSF’s research, educational and patient care missions in the decades to come. This investment includes planning to build a new hospital on the Parnassus Heights campus.

Dan Lowenstein and Paul Jenny address the crowd at a Town Hall on the Parnassus renovation

Dan Lowenstein (left) and Paul Jenny answer questions from the UCSF community at a Town Hall on the re-envisioning of Parnassus Heights.

Commitment to Our Original Campus

UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood and his leadership team are committed to revitalizing the Parnassus Heights campus. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein and Senior Vice Chancellor Paul Jenny co-chaired a steering committee to “define the long-term vision for the Parnassus campus and the design that will enable it.” The steering committee comprised representatives from across campus and UCSF Health who developed the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan (CPHP) based on the feedback of stakeholders and with the assistance of Perkins Eastman, a global architecture and planning firm. While the CPHP is a long-term vision, UCSF is continuing to invest in ongoing, visible improvements to enhance the Parnassus Heights campus and ensure the seismic safety of its facilities.

Stakeholder Input

UCSF involved many stakeholders to solicit their ideas on the future of the Parnassus Heights campus and hospital, including within UCSF, UCSF Health, and the community at large. To garner broad input for the CPHP, the University:

  • Conducted four surveys receiving feedback from more than 4,000 respondents;
  • Convened three workshops with UCSF leaders, faculty, and staff;
  • Established a community working group comprising representatives from community groups and the City and County of San Francisco, as well as from local non-profit organizations;
  • Formed four faculty-led subcommittees on co-labs, research, education and digital hub, all of which have submitted final reports for consideration; and
  • Hosted three open houses for the broader community and led one campus walking tour for the community working group.
  • Hosted an April 2019 internal town hall meeting.

In addition, a group of committed faculty stakeholders and members of the Academic Senate are continuing to work to ensure the Parnassus Heights campus remains a destination for excellence across UCSF’s mission areas.