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UCSF Set to Launch New Long Range Development Plan

University Seeks Input from Neighbors to Help Guide the Future

By | October 11, 2012

UCSF Set to Launch New Long Range Development Plan

Since construction began in 1999, UCSF Mission Bay has bloomed into a vibrant campus with seven research buildings, a community center, student housing, plaza with eateries, parking facilities and 3.2-acre landscaped open space featuring public art. The University also is building a 289-bed hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients that will open in 2015.

For the first time since 1997, UCSF is embarking on a new long-range development plan. The goal is to guide the University’s physical development through the year 2035, to support its long-term goals of providing excellence in patient care, innovative science and health sciences education.

A critical component of the planning process is gaining feedback from San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods. The University will begin convening a series of community meetings this month to discuss various opportunities, issues and proposals for each of its campus locations.

Those meetings, which begin Wednesday, Oct. 10, for neighbors at Parnassus Heights and Thursday, Oct. 25, for Mission Bay, will enable the community to weigh in on UCSF’s options well before the University publishes its draft plan in 2014. Ultimately, UCSF expects to submit the plan to the UC Board of Regents, which requires such plans from all UC campuses, for consideration in late 2014.

"Over the past few decades, we have worked closely with the community early in the plan to get their input, so they have a meaningful role in providing their thoughts and comments," said Lori Yamauchi, assistant vice chancellor for Campus Planning at UCSF. "By starting the community workshops now, there's sufficient time to hear from the community and incorporate their input into our plans."

The new plan will build upon the success of the previous, 1996 Long-Range Development Plan (LRDP), which has governed UCSF’s growth since the Regents approved it in January 1997.

Since then, UCSF has nearly doubled the size of its physical plant with the creation of a campus at Mission Bay, conducted substantial renovations at its Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses, built the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine building on Parnassus and the comprehensive cancer center, research building and Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Mount Zion. The University also addressed new state seismic laws that necessitated the construction of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

Fueling the need for expansion included the fact that funding for UCSF’s research enterprise tripled during that time — from $382.8 million in funding in 1998 to $1,064.6 million last year, further driving investigations into such diseases as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and neurological disease.

Planning for the Future
While the University’s growth is projected to slow considerably over the next two decades, in part due to the flattening trends in national research funding, UCSF is still expecting to see broad changes in the years to come, Yamauchi said.

Campus Planning has been working to define the University’s future space needs for nearly two years, gathering information from UCSF schools, departments and other campus units.

In the past year, the team identified exactly which space needs to focus on by working closely with faculty co-chairs and an oversight committee led by Kathleen Giacomini, PhD, in the School of Pharmacy, and Peter Carroll, MD, in the School of Medicine. Going forward, Bruce Wintroub, MD, will step in to co-chair that committee with Giacomini.

Among the projects that will come online in the short term are the new Global Health Sciences and clinical faculty building, and the three new specialty hospitals at Mission Bay.

UCSF also has decided to maintain Parnassus as the home for graduate and professional education, and has further defined its plans on seismic replacements or retrofits across three campuses: Parnassus, where four buildings are seismically compromised; Mount Zion, where the Hellman Building has been slated for demolition; and, through its affiliation with the city, the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, where UCSF faculty and staff occupy several seismically compromised buildings owned by the city.