University of San Francisco may soon expand its campus at 270 Masonic Street in Anza Vista, San Francisco. USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald and USF plan to expand interdisciplinary learning and research in the sciences. After 10 years of discussions with the nonprofit that owned it, University of San Francisco purchased Blood Bank located at 270 Masonic Street for $31 million in June. The purchase adds 1.5 acres to the Hilltop campus.
The building, formerly known as Blood Centers of the Pacific, is located on the east side of Masonic near Turk Boulevard and across from the USF’s 281 Masonic Building. USF bought the building from Vitalant Blood Systems Inc. The purchase is the first major expansion of academic space at USF in more than 10 years.
The existing building spans an area of 86,000 square feet. The new campus will feature spaces for classrooms, labs, seminar rooms and offices. The school has proposed minor alterations to the building’s facade and signage and would reconfigure its parking lot for use by people and bicycles. The plan includes 26,640 square feet of lab space; 33,861 square feet of space for classrooms, offices, and meeting rooms; 22,174 square feet of “non-assignable” space such as hallways, restrooms, and utility rooms; 3,266 square feet of basement; and a parking lot and loading dock.
The current tenants, the Irwin Donation Center, will remain on the property through March 2023. USF is applying for a change-of-use permit from the city.
Mr. Fitzgerald invites ideas from across campus on how to use both the new building and other Hilltop spaces that may be freed up by moves to 250/270 Masonic. Proposals from department heads, unit managers, and deans are due Dec. 1. The Irwin Donation Center, the building’s current tenant, will remain in the building through March, according to the university.
The school’s new 1.5-acre campus extension is across the street from its 55-acre main campus that spans the Inner Richmond and Western Addition. It will require a conditional use permit and signoff from the city’s Planning Commission.
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