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New Research and Academic Building at UC San Francisco Parnassus Heights Moves Forward

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — UC San Francisco has received approval to move forward with a new research and academic building at Parnassus Heights, creating a vital collaborative space to drive innovations in scientific research and education.

The UC Board of Regents voted to approve the design, as well as the scope, external financing, and $843 million budget for the project, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs during its construction. Half of the funding is expected to come through external financing and half from philanthropic gifts.

The research building is an integral part of the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan, which includes a new flagship adult hospital, the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, at the east end of campus. The research and academic building will anchor the west end and link to the Clinical Sciences Building via a sky bridge.

The building is designed to support an innovative ecosystem in which researchers, clinicians, learners, and staff can work together to solve the most intractable health challenges.

“We have an incredible opportunity to support our research community with a state-of-the-art building designed to advance the way research is done today,” said Catherine Lucey, MD, MACP, UCSF Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. “Parnassus has always had a thriving UCSF research community that has done tremendous, breathtaking work. This new building will create a space that matches the expertise.”

Collaboration by Design
Designed by the architecture firms HGA and Snøhetta, the new building will house programs for cancer, microbiology, diabetes, immunology, and cell biology. It also will be home to such key projects as the Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine, iMicro, Bakar ImmunoX, and CoLabs.
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“The UCSF research community has a long history of collaboration that enables scientists to stretch outside their own fields and make unexpected connections in their research,” said Harold Collard, MD, MS, UCSF Vice Chancellor for Research. “We’re excited to be creating a new space that will multiply and extend those interactions and the advances they generate.”

The building will provide modern laboratory and learning space on UCSF’s oldest campus, promoting integrated research and interaction between different scientific disciplines and enhancing graduate education. A dedicated area for clinical trials will help provide more patients with the most advanced therapies.

The building also will serve as the new home for the UCSF School of Nursing, which will occupy a floor of the new research and academic building, creating collaborative space within the school and connections with colleagues in other disciplines.

“Our School of Nursing is at an exciting stage, with new programs that will prepare nurse leaders for decades to come,” said UCSF School of Nursing Dean Catherine Gilliss, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. “The new space will give us greater flexibility for interactions and collaboration, and provide a beautiful and light-filled space to educate the next generation of health care leaders.”

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