SAN FRANCISCOThe University of California’s Board of Regents and San Francisco City Hall have pre-approved $188 million to fund University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) new research center on the San Francisco General Hospital campus. The construction of the research center is expected to take place between 2016 and 2019 and estimated to cost $600 million. 

The research center will be one of several projects for UCSF’s plans to expand on three different campuses—San Francisco General Hospital, Parnassus Heights, and Mission Bay. An estimated $180 million has also been pre-approved to fund the rehabilitation of the University of California Hall at Parnassus Heights, which is the oldest building that conducts clinical, educational, and research studies.

The expansion plan was presented to the UC Regents committee on July 22 by UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, with the goal of expanding the University’s research, education, patient care programs, and capital strategy. 

According to UCSF’s website, expansion efforts will be “part of UCSF’s long-term capital strategy to expand and renovate buildings to meet growing clinical and research needs; address seismic safety and long deferred maintenance of aging buildings; and add to its limited stock of student housing, childcare and parking.” 

UC Hall at Parnassus Heights will also take priority as the building is nearly 100 years old, and requires renovation to comply with the UC’s seismic safety guidelines. Construction for the building is expected to begin in 2017, and could cost more than $180 million.

UCSF is also planning to request $11 million in September for the preliminary Phase One of Mission Bay East Campus’ construction site. Sue Carlisle, the UCSF vice dean, announced on July 23 that the Regents Board of Supervisors approved funding for the design of a new center. 

Carlisle stated that the “approvals allow us to begin the planning process for the building” and proceed with necessary environmental review processes that will be taking place.

The Precision Cancer Medicine Building, Mission Bay Block 33 Building, San Francisco General Hospital Research Building, and UC Hall at Parnassus Heights will be part of an $860 milion expansion plan. According to the institution’s website, UCSF receives approximately 1 percent of its budget from student tuition and fees, 4 percent of its budget from the state of California, and more than 80 percent of its annual revenues from biomedical research and health care services it provides.