Parnassus Heights Construction Update: Spring 2024 (2024)

April 19, 2024

With the arrival of spring at UCSF, construction efforts at Parnassus Heights are in full swing. This quarterly update by UCSF Real Estate provides essential information about important capital projects and their impacts on campus.

You can find community updates on UCSF construction and design throughUCSF Community and Government Relations (CGR). Sign up for UCSF CGR updates for Parnassus Heights atwww.ucsf.edu/cgr/signupfor the latest updates.

Please note that dates and project details are subject to change as our transformation journey progresses. Stay tuned for more exciting developments!

Parnassus Heights Construction Update: Spring 2024 (1)

To serve the city with world-class care for the next century, UCSF is constructing theNew Hospital at Parnassus Heights (NHPH), a 15-story hospital on the Parnassus Heights campus on the former Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital (LPPH) site. Construction will continue through 2029, with the new hospital opening in 2030.

Between February 2022 and April 2027, 32 major projects are required to prepare for demolition of LPPH and construction of the new hospital building. We are communicating impacts of this work broadly to UCSF faculty, staff, learners, patients and visitors, and the community.

The new hospital is part of theComprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan.

Construction Hours
  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (as needed)
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for noisy work
Expected Project Completion Date

2030

Project Contact

[emailprotected]or 415-476-6577

Latest Updates

NHPH Groundbreaking for UCSF Community on April 25, 2024

On Thursday, April 25, the UCSF community will mark the groundbreaking of the new hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights. The UCSF community is invited tocelebrate as the NHPH teamofficially begins construction on the new hospital. At the event, the UCSF community can discover how the new hospitalwill transform the care experience for our patients and support our faculty members, staff, and learners across the campus.

O2 Tanks Delivery and Installation for New Tank Yard

The NHPH project reached a milestone in the creation of a new oxygen tank yard, which will support the Parnassus Heights campus. On Saturday, April 20, three oxygen were delivered to and installed at the site, south of the NHPH site and east of the existing hospital. The tanks are expected to go-live in summer 2024.

  • Every weekend through 2024, Medical Center Way will be closed. Emergency and other key service vehicles will have access on Medical Center Way.

Early Morning Steel Pile Beam Deliveries and Shoring Continues

Several 90-foot-long steel beams are being delivered between 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. to the NHPH site. The early morning beam deliveries are scheduled to occur through May 2024. The early morning delivery time is set by SFMTA as a condition of the vehicle permit, which requires trucks wider than 12 feet, or longer than 90 feet, to drive between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Noise and other impacts are expected to be minimal from the beam deliveries.

Deep soil mixing is ongoing as part of site improvements, and shoring will continue onsite into June 2024. For this work, a drill rig and crane are being used. You can expect to hear intermittent air horns as part of safety measures while cranes are in use.

Dates and details are subject to change.

Other Work Underway for the New Hospital Project

  • Sewer Tie in and MCW Widening: Plans are underway to start construction for a project on Parnassus Avenue near the NHPH for a Parnassus sewer tie inand widening of Medical Center Way. A traffic dry run is expected to occur on Parnassus Avenue by early May 2024.
  • Driveway Updates at Moffitt Circle: Through late April 2024, a lane will be closed in the existing hospital entrance driveway, Moffitt Circle, 505 Parnassus Ave., to install planters. The updates are part of a project to build a new emergency oxygen supply connection to support the new and current hospitals.
    • You can expect to hear noise from the work
    • UCSF ambassadors are managing traffic flow and assisting patients and visitors.
  • Emergency Department (ED) Vestibule Renovation and Awning Demolition: Through June 2024, construction is underway to renovate the ED vestibule and demolish the ED awning. The first phase will be an ED entry pathway renovation, which is expected to be completed in early May 2024, and the second phase is demolishing the awning, which is expected to be occur for approximately two weeks at the end of June 2024. Signs are posted for patients and visitors around the construction site.
    • Noise impacts are expected to minimal around the areas of construction.

Other Work Underway for NHPH

Sewer Tie-in and MCW Widening: Plans are underway to start construction for a project on Parnassus Avenue near the NHPH for a Parnassus sewer tie-in and widening of Medical Center Way. A traffic dry run is expected to occur on Parnassus Avenue by early May 2024.

Driveway Updates at Moffitt Circle: Through late April 2024, a lane will be closed in the existing hospital entrance driveway, Moffitt Circle, 505 Parnassus Ave., to install planters. The updates are part of a project to build a new emergency oxygen supply connection to support the new and current hospitals.

  • You can expect to hear noise from the work.
  • UCSF ambassadors are managing traffic flow and assisting patients and visitors.

Emergency Department (ED) Vestibule Renovation and Awning Demolition: Through June 2024, construction is underway to renovate the ED vestibule and demolish the ED awning. The first phase will be an ED entry pathway renovation, which is expected to be completed in early May 2024, and the second phase is demolishing the awning, which is expected to be occur for approximately two weeks at the end of June 2024.

  • Signs are posted for patients and visitors around the construction site.
  • Noise impacts are expected to minimal around the areas of construction.

What You Can Expect (NHPH)

  • Increased traffic along Parnassus Avenue due to construction.
  • Through May 2024, there will be an increase in trucks off hauling soil from Clarendon Avenue to Medical Center Way, then east on Parnassus Avenue to Stanyan Street.
  • You can expect some noise, dust and vibration impacts near the site.
  • The project team is spraying water on the rubble to tamp down the dust.
  • Next to the site, UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights is increasing the monitoring of air intake and filter changing to help mitigate any potential impacts.
  • UCSF Health is alerting patients with appointments at Parnassus Heights about the construction via MyChart, text, newsletter, and its website.
  • Hospital entrance (Moffitt Circle) is limited to patient pickup and drop-off only.
  • Hospital deliveries will be directed to park in the white zone west of Moffitt Circle.
  • Private vehicle parking in the ED will be limited to patient drop-off and pickup only.
  • Pedestrians will be routed through a protected pathway around construction.
Parnassus Heights Construction Update: Spring 2024 (2)

Construction will continue through 2027on the former UC Hall site to build a new state-of-the-artParnassus Research and Academic Buildingthat will provide a new home for the School of Nursing, an expanded education space, and space for multiple health and science disciplines.

The new building will encourage collaboration and support UCSF staying at the cutting edge of discovery, learning and care.

The building also will serve as temporary spaces for research and academic groups as the campus undergoes several major improvements for theComprehensive Parnassus Heights Planthrough 2030.

Construction Hours
  • 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday
  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday (as needed)
  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for noisy work
Expected Project Completion Date

Early 2027

Project Contact

[emailprotected]or 415-476-6577

Latest Updates

Shoring Operations Moving Along Parnassus Avenue in June 2024

You will soon notice the elevation of soil lowering on the PRAB site as shoring operations move from along Koret Way to Parnassus Avenue. For shoring, workers are drilling to install piles in the ground for the retaining wall. The piles are vertical steel beams encased in concrete. As the retaining wall is finished, excess dirt will be removed to create space for the building.

  • There will be some noise from the excavator, soil drill rig and concrete trucks.
  • You can expect to see large trucks and equipment on the site.

Reminder: Koret Way Open to Pedestrians Through 2024

Koret Way is open to pedestrians and will remain open through 2024. Construction flaggers will be present to control pedestrian traffic during deliveries as a safety measure. Any long-term Koret Way closures will be communicated widely to the Parnassus Heights campus.

Koret Way remains closed to vehicle traffic and parking. ADA parking and some state vehicle parking is still available in the Koret Way Surface Lot near the School of Nursing building.

  • Pedestrians can access Koret Way; construction flaggers will be present to control pedestrian traffic during deliveries as a safety measure.
  • ADA parking will still be available.
  • Deliveries will be able to access Koret Way.
  • Traffic flaggers will direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
  • No drop-offs, pick-ups or drive through traffic will be allowed on Koret Way.
  • Emergency access is open from the School of Nursing building to Koret Vision Center.
  • Employees may park in the ACC Garage. For additional parking options, visit: campuslifeserviceshome.ucsf.edu/transportation/parking-locations-PH.

Demolition for New Utilities Along Koret Way Starting in June 2024

Plans are underway to install new utilities along the PRAB Promenade and Koret Way. The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing utilities serving PRAB will begin installation this summer and the work in Koret Way is expected to be complete by the fall. Some existing utilities will also be demolished.

  • Expect noise near the construction area during the demolishing of utility lines. This work may impact building occupants near the PRAB site.
  • Possibly slight alignment changes to the pedestrian path of travel on upper Koret Way.

Construction Under Clinical Sciences Building (CSB) Nearly Complete

In late April 2024, construction is expected to be complete on the lower level on the west side of the Clinical Sciences Building (CSB). The project is to build a temporary wall to protect CSB during PRAB construction, where CSB and UC Hall had previously been connected. Currently, waterproofing the wall is underway, with minimal impacts to building occupants. Tiebacks, or horizontal rods, will extend below CSB. These tiebacks will help stabilize the retaining wall for PRAB.

  • CSB occupants can expect to hear some noise and vibrations during this work.
  • A boom lift will be on the exterior northwest corner of CSB.
  • Pedestrians on Parnassus Avenue will be rerouted around the construction activities.

WhatYou Can Expect (PRAB)

  • Koret Way is open to pedestrians; construction flaggers will be present to control pedestrian traffic during deliveries as a safety measure.
  • Pedestrian pick-ups and drop-offs for the UCSF Dental Center should go to the south entrance in the Kirkham Lot (not Parnassus Avenue).
  • Pedestrians are being rerouted to the northside of Parnassus Avenue between Third and Fourth avenues during the PRAB construction.
  • Expect trucks arriving to and from the site on Parnassus Avenue and Koret Way.
  • Expect noises from trucks and equipment.
  • Flaggers will be directing vehicle and pedestrian traffic around the site.

Plans are in the works to create a welcoming pedestrian connection to the “heart of campus” at Parnassus Heights. With landscaping and hardscaping, the Parnassus Central Campus Site Improvements (PCCSI) program will create the connection between the new PRAB Promenade and Saunders Court, across the footprint of the existing School of Nursing (SON) building.

This work will further the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan (CPHP) in three key ways.

  • Extending utility infrastructure to support west campus development
  • Decanting and demolishing the SON Building, which will enable UCSF to address the building’s infrastructure needs and comply with UCOP Seismic Policy
  • Creating pedestrian connections from the PRAB Promenade to Saunders Court

Learn moreabout the program and plans.

Project Contact

UCSF Real Estate Shelia Laub |[emailprotected]

Latest Updates

Phased SON Building Closure Starting April 29, 2024

To prepare for the SON Building demolition in late 2024, a phased closure of the building will start when most of the SON employees relocate to the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision, 490 Illinois St., at Mission Bay the week of April 29 through May 3, 2024.

The phased closure plan includes:

  • May 6: Closure of most offices and conference rooms in the SON Building (classrooms and student lounges will remain in use through the end of spring quarter).
  • June 17: Closure of all classrooms in the SON Building. Ladle & Leaf and some research and Facilities Services occupants will remain in the building.
  • Fall 2024: Full closure of the SON building. Ladle & Leaf will relocate to Millberry Union, floor 1, and other occupants will be relocated elsewhere at Parnassus Heights.

See graphic for details.

What You Can Expect (PCCSI)

  • From April through late 2024, SON Building occupants will relocate according to a phased plan.
  • During the week of April 29 through May 3, 2024, you can expect:
  • ‌Movers and UCSF IT staff in the SON Building.
  • For moving activities, the SON Building elevators will be unavailable. A detour will be established to guide occupants to the Clinical Sciences Building (CSB) passenger elevators as an alternative route.
  • Full-service move management resources will be provided.
  • Site survey and investigation work in and around the SON Building throughout the summer.
  • Remaining office furniture in the SON building will be considered for UCSF Equipment Reuse Program, more details will be shared at a later date.

Upcoming Preliminary Project Schedule

  • April 2024: Start decant of the School of Nursing building
  • Fall 2024: Construction starts
  • Spring 2027: Construction ends
  • All dates and details are subject to change.
Parnassus Heights Construction Update: Spring 2024 (5)

Construction is underway to improve the Health Sciences Instruction and Research (HSIR) East and West towers. The HSIR complex is made up of two, 16-floor towers with an elevator and corridor that connects the towers. About 90% of the building includes labs and research space.

The HSIR Improvements Program consists of three projects:

  1. HSIR Exterior Ledge Repairs:Full repair and recoating of the exterior concrete ledges for Health Sciences West (HSW) and Health Sciences East (HSE). The exterior repairs will improve the building’s safety.
  2. HSIR Life Safety Improvements:Provide a fully sprinklered building, install fire sprinklers in currently non-sprinklered areas, correct fire sprinkler pipe pressure deficiencies, add sprinkler heads to chemical fume hoods, and extend existing standpipes on the rooftops for fire department access.
  3. HSIR Seismic Improvements:Improve the seismic performance rating of HSW and HSE by making whole-building structure improvements including installing seismic dampers, column splicing at level 5 of both towers, and upgrading the seismic joints and utility restraints. This project will make the building safer in the event of an earthquake and will better protect UCSF labs and experiments.
Construction Hours
  • 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for interior and exterior work
  • 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. Monday through Friday for interior fire sprinkler work
Expected Project Completion Date
  • Late 2024 for life safety and seismic projects
  • Early 2025 for exterior repairs
Project Contact

[emailprotected]

Latest Updates

More Shrink Wrap Removal through October 2024

Parnassus Heights Construction Update: Spring 2024 (6)

In March 2024, workers removed shrink wrap from the exteriors of the HSE and HSW towers as part of phase 1. The shrink wrap, which is needed to safely complete exterior repairs, is being removed in three phases as the repairs are complete on sections of the building. Scaffolding will remain until the completion of the exterior project in 2025.

 Phase 2 shrink wrap removal is on track for this summer. The last section of shrink wrap is scheduled to be removed in October 2024. View this diagram of the shrink wrap installation and removal phasing. Dates and details are subject to change. 

  • You can expect to see the HSE and HSW towers covered in white shrink wrap.  ​

Exterior Repairs and Recoating Underway 

Workers are repairing concrete and recoating the exterior ledges on all floors of the HSW and HSE towers. This activity is underway from the top down on both towers. Email [emailprotected] if you would like more details about the exterior repairs and potential impacts for specific floors.

  • ‌This activity is expected to cause noise and vibrations.
  • Concrete repair activity is scheduled for 6 – 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Expect the noisiest activity during this time; however, there may be noise impacts after this time.

Expect Impacts from Fire Barrier System Construction in HSIR Corridor

Parnassus Heights Construction Update: Spring 2024 (7)

As part of the seismic improvements project, fire barrier systems will be installed at the three seismic joints on every floor of the HSIR towers to ensure fire protection of utilities crossing joints between HSE, HSW, and the elevator bridge tower. Expect ongoing activity in the corridors and elevator lobbies of the towers.

  • Width of egress will be reduced.
  • ‌Occupants will be able to use a temporary platform across the seismic joints in the elevator bridge tower.
  • ‌Fire-rated doors will be propped open with workers in attendance monitoring activity.

Expect Some Odors from Coating Application on Exterior Ledges

Now through July 2024, workers will be applying a traffic coating to exterior ledges on all floors of the HSW and HSE towers. The coating will help protect the building’s exterior from future damage and deterioration.

Phase 2 of this work is wrapping up on the west and southwest of HSW and the north and northeast of HSE. The coating will eventually be applied to all exterior ledges of the towers.

  • After completing exterior repairs, workers will be applying a traffic coating to the exterior ledges on all floors of HSW and HSE.
  • During the installation of traffic coating on the exterior of the buildings, occupants may notice some odors inside the building, which may last 24-72 hours. According to EH&S monitoring, the traffic coating being used has low VOC contents (volatile organic compounds) and does not exceed regulatory exposure limits. However, odor from the coating is noticeable because it exceeds the odor detection threshold.
  • The project team and EH&S have mitigations in place to minimize and monitor any odors, including adding fans and air scrubbers on the impacted floors to help prevent air pollutants, surface contaminants, odors and dust from entering the building.
  • The shrink wrap at the building’s rooftop level remains open to allow odors to escape.

What You Can Expect (HSIR)

  • You can expect noise during construction hours.
  • Windows are sealed closed with window protection added for safety.
  • An enclosed area of Saunders Court is not accessible to the community.

Fuel Tanks Project

A project is underway to build a new emergency fuel tank facility, which will serve several buildings on the Parnassus Heights campus, including the IRM facility, the PCUP facility, Moffit and Long Hospitals, and the New Hospital at Parnassus Heights (NHPH).

Construction will include:

  • Widening Medical Center Way
  • Relocating utilities
  • Rerouting domestic water and the fuel line
  • Shoring, demolition and excavation in late April 2024  
  • Installing soil nail wall, slab and new oil tanks in mid-2024 
  • Relocating fire hydrants

Construction Hours

  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (if weekend work is required)
  • Noisy work hour restrictions will be followed.

Construction Impacts and Mitigations

  • Excavation is planned for May through June 2024 to construct the new tank facility near the back of the PCUP between Medical Center Way and the fire lane.
  • Through December 2024, lane access will be intermittently reduced to the fire lane behind the PCUP building, and along parts of Medical Center Way. Access on Medical Center Way will be maintained at all times.
  • During the project, fire lane access to HSIR, and the PSRB and IRM loading docks, behind the PCUP, will occasionally be impacted by construction. However, access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.
  • Some noise during construction hours near construction activity.
  • Brief generator noise where electrical utility is relocated.
Expected Completion Date

March 2026

Project Contact

UCSF Real Estate Project Manager David Coyle, [emailprotected]

Two Water Projects at Parnassus Heights

There are currently projects in construction to add an additional fire water backup connection, and to update existing domestic water mains.

Currently, segments are being installed at these locations

  • Segment 7: Completed paving on 4/19. Conduit and lateral connects in Mount Sutro and upper Medical Center Way expected through mid May 2024.  
  • Segment 1 and 2 and a portion of the fire main system: Construction east and west of Medical Center Way near the NHPH site is underway (construction expected April through early July 2024.
  • Segment 3: On weekends, potholing is underway in the Medical Sciences Building and existing hospital loading dock (expected through August 2024)

A retaining wall will be built along Parnassus Avenue and the east side of Medical Center Way. Construction is expected to begin in winter 2024 andcomplete in spring 2025.Plans are in review with permitting agency.

Construction Hours
  • 7 a.m. to5 p.m. Monday through Friday (noisy work startsat 8 a.m.)
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends(noisy work9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Project Contact

UCSF Real Estate Project Manager Ted Meyer | [emailprotected]

Parnassus Heights Construction Update: Spring 2024 (2024)

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