Check out UCSF’s latest design for the new 15-story Parnassus Hospital


UCSF has released renderings of the 15-story hospital it plans to build on its historic Parnassus campus as part of an ambitious expansion and renovation project in the coming years.

The new hospital, with lots of trees and greenery, is planned for the east side of the campus, close to the existing Moffitt and Long hospitals, which need to be renovated. When completed, the new hospital will increase the campus reception capacity from 475 beds in 2020 to 682 beds in 2030, according to UCSF.

The university released the renderings as it launched a 60-day public comment period on the new hospital’s draft environmental impact report last week. People have until February 14 to vote on the report, and a public hearing is scheduled for January 19.

The images show a multi-level building with a large, publicly accessible terrace several floors higher, teeming with towering green trees. The UCSF said that “extensive landscaping” included in the renderings was an important aspect of the design. The new hospital, like the surrounding buildings, will be located just north of the Mount Sutro Open Space Preserve and south of Golden Gate Park.

UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood touted his university’s status as a “leading force in healthcare” and said in a statement it was “exciting to see this hospital take shape “.

By redeveloping its Parnassus campus, the UCSF wishes to considerably increase the number of patients that the site can accommodate while bringing the site up to earthquake safety standards. University officials say the expansion is badly needed to meet the region’s healthcare needs – around 3,000 patients were turned away in 2019 due to a lack of beds on the Parnassus campus, according to the UCSF.

“The new hospital will build on our history at Parnassus Heights and strengthen our ability to serve the Bay Area for generations to come,” said Hawgood.

The hospital is designed by Herzog & de Meuron, an architectural firm that also designed the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The firm HDR is the architect of the case.

“In designing this hospital, we are reimagining the space around it, connecting the park to the top to have a positive impact on people’s lives,” said Jason Frantzen, senior partner at Herzog & de Meuron. Frantzen praised UCSF’s “deep roots” in San Francisco and said the university had “grown in symbiosis with the community” over the years.

But some community groups opposed the plans, calling them too big for the neighborhood and voicing concerns about the project’s impacts on traffic and air quality, among other concerns. Three organizations filed a lawsuit in February in an attempt to overturn the decision of the UC board of directors the previous month, which allowed the project to continue.

Last month, in preparation for the expansion and renovation project, a giant crane removed historic New Deal-era frescoes from UC Hall, the original Parnassus campus hospital that opened in 1917 UC Hall is expected to be demolished as part of the project.

If all goes according to plan, UCSF hopes to start construction of the new hospital in 2023.

JD Morris is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @thejdmorris


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