Construction work has topped out with facade installation imminent on the latest addition to the UCSF Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, or ZSFG. The five-story building is rising at the corner of 23rd and Vermont Street in the Mission District, on what was once a surface parking lot. The UC Board of Regents is responsible for the project.
The new research building will add 175,000 square feet to ZSFG while centralizing functions currently spread across seven campus buildings that do not meet UC seismic regulations. Skidmore Owings & Merrill is responsible for the architecture, with Mantle Landscape Architects in charge of the public open space soon to wrap around the outside.
The new building will include modern research and academic facilities, wet and dry laboratories, a patient research center, and additional teaching and collaboration areas. The educational spaces will consist of a Surgical Training Facility and a Biomechanics testing laboratory.
Construction is estimated to cost $275 million. The building was approved in late 2019, with work starting in 2020 and completion expected this summer. The building is aiming to receive LEED Silver certification or higher.
ZSFG is a public hospital that has been owned and operated by the City of San Francisco in partnership with UCSF for 149 years since 1873. The campus has over 20 UCSF research centers, affiliated institutes, and other laboratories. It also contains the only Level I Trauma Center to serve around 1.5 million residents in San Francisco and the northern cities in San Mateo County.
The following statement is from the UCSF press release celebrating the 2019 approval:
The plans will support UCSF’s robust research program at ZSFG in many areas that include HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, mental illness, and care for vulnerable populations. Advances in trauma care – including traumatic brain injury, spinal core injury, and complex orthopedic injury – will also ensure that the hospital maintains its designation as a Level 1 Trauma Center, the only one in the City.
The building is on the residential eastern edge of the Mission District, by the border with 101 and Potrero Hill.