University of California, Long Range Development Plan

Physical Options Study

San Francisco, California

Project Info
University of California, Long Range Development Plan
San Francisco, California
Completion Date: 2013

Four sites: 173 acres
Parnassus Heights: 107 acres
Mission Bay: 57 acres
Mount Zion: 6 acres
Mission Center 3 acres

Perkins + Will worked with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) on the initiation of a new long-range development plan (LRDP) aimed at 2035. This study marked an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference with excellent urban infill in four districts of San Francisco, bringing UCSF campuses and buildings at Parnassus Heights, Mt. Zion, Mission Bay, and Mission Center to a level of quality, clarity, and welcome fitting this preeminent health-science institution. Specific improvements and bold system-wide strategies for sustainability lay the groundwork for long-term design projects for the next 20 years.

The 18-month-long physical options study focused on the character and fit of new UCSF development that will allow the right distribution of services (Medical Education, Research, Clinical Care, and Community Facilities) to meet a 2035 vision and a much improved experience for users. Physical options studied range from reuse of historic buildings to sensitive infill with new medical center facilities, to consolidation of outpatient services and attention to new public space. In addition, we examined relationships to surrounding neighborhoods, added housing for students and faculty, and anticipated flexibility in buildings to meet changing research facility configurations.