UCSF receives approval for new research and academic building

WCN Editorial Team 26 Nov 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has received approval from UC Regents for the construction of new research and academic building at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) in California.

The new building is expected to allow the research and education programmes of UCSF to continue to improve by providing modern research and academic facilities, as well as wet and dry laboratories, a Patient Research Center, and teaching and collaboration areas.

The plans for the new 175,000ft² facility is expected to support the university’s research program in many areas that include HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, mental illness, and care for vulnerable populations.

The Regents Committee on Finance and Capital Strategies has approved the budget, scope, external financing and design of the five-storey building, which is estimated to cost $275m.

UCSF said that the new building will replace its offices and laboratories that are currently spread among several buildings at ZSFG that did not meet UC seismic regulations.

ZSFG UCSF vice-dean Sue Carlisle said: “UCSF research and academic programs at ZSFG have produced world-class biomedical innovations, clinical improvements, and top students in their current, outmoded spaces for decades.

“These programs will soon thrive in a state-of-the-art facility, where they will continue to develop new research to improve the health of all of our communities worldwide.

“It will also allow our physician scientists to continue to provide excellent clinical care for our patients in San Francisco while advancing these studies.”

Subjected to pending permits from the City, the construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in early 2020.

The facility will be built in line with the University of California Policy on Sustainable Practices and secure a minimum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating.

ZSFG is owned and operated by the City and County of San Francisco and serves as a teaching hospital for UCSF’s schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy.


Image: Rendering of the new research building at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Photo: courtesy of The Regents of The University of California.

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