Center for Vision Neuroscience on Block 33 FAQ

The Block 33 Building has been named the UCSF Center for Vision Neuroscience. Any further updates to the name of the building will be provided on this page.

These FAQ are sorted by topic. To jump to a topic simply select Communication, Personal Space & Working in the Building including conference rooms, wayfinding, security, Building Governance and Decision Making, Transportation and working at Mission Bay. The Open Plan FAQ may also provide useful information.


Where is the best place to get updates on the project? Currently, is the go-to place for information. The website is kept updated in real time. In addition, efforts are being made to send out project newsletters on all major construction projects, as well as Mission Hall and space in general to keep the campus community abreast of all things space. In addition, there are topic specific Chatter groups which anyone is free to join via MyAccess. Contact Cristina Morrison, Manager of Change Management, if you’d like her to present with you at a faculty or staff meeting.

How are faculty concerns being addressed? Cristina Morrison will continue sharing information with all faculty leaders, including partners in the Academic Senate on transition to open plan workspaces. Resources are being developed to help faculty understand what Open Plan as Implemented at UCSF will mean, how offices will be assigned, which amenities will be available in the building and on the Mission Bay campus and how to best plan for new commutes, new technology, and other changes. An Open Plan FAQ is available now.

Is someone engaged with the Academic Senate? Cristina Morrison is continually engaged with partners in the UCSF Academic Senate. UCSF is also aligning communications efforts around space in general and over the next few months we expect to roll out various communication methods to reach all of our faculty. The Academic Senate launched a Space Committee in September 2017. Information about the committee is available on the Academic Senate website.

When will the building open? Current estimated opening of the building is Late 2019.

Personal Space & Working in the Building

What size is my work station? Per the building program, a footprint of 6’ x 7’ has been allocated for each workstation. Including circulation, the allocation is 54 sf. Renderings will be shared as soon as they are available of typical work stations.

What size is a private office? 75 square feet, or 7’-6” x 10’-0”. While the shape of the office may vary, some rectangular, while others square, the overall square footage is approximately 75 square feet. Examples of this size can be seen in Mission Hall in the focus rooms, which vary between 70 square feet and 75. Renderings will be shared as soon as they are available of typical offices.

What type of storage will be available at my work space? This is yet to be determined and is part of the part of the furniture design process. Details will be shared with Programming Committee members, change agents and others as soon as they are available.

How tall are the work station the partitions? This is yet to be determined and is part of the furniture design process. User input will be gathered prior to establishing the height, however, to maximize natural light for all occupants, there are height limits that will prevent partitions from going above 54”.

What can I expect on day 1 at my workstation? This is yet to be determined and is part of the furniture design process, but fundamental to the concept is that each assigned work station has an adjustable height desk, along with fully adjustable seating for comfort and ergonomic support, and storage.

How will I know how to adjust my chair or my desk to the correct height? Furniture demonstrations and trainings will be scheduled prior to moving in. Upon move-in, demonstrations with furniture experts will be scheduled to allow for hands-on adjustments and training. In addition, online resources are being developed to provide short instructional videos to teach users how to self-adjust their work stations any time after move in.

Will I have a laptop? Department managers are encouraged to plan for mobile technology for all staff and faculty prior to moving in. The Open Plan Change Support team will provide recommendations for technology that support best practices in open plan workspace.

Will I have a desk phone? Yes, new Cisco desk phones are provided as part of the initial move-in.

Will I receive a headset or headphones? At this time, departments may elect to purchase headphones or headsets for their staff and faculty. These will not be provided as part of the move.

Will I be able to adjust the temperature at my workstation or office? Each office will have a temperature sensor and offices will be grouped in zones of 4-6 with a control for the zone. Temperature will be user adjustable (up or down), to be determined by the building operational team, and adhering to work place standard ranges.  Workstations will be controlled by zone, determined by location and similar thermal conditions. Adjustability for that group of workstations will be in a similar range to the offices. Please note that almost all workstations have been held away from the exterior wall for enhanced thermal buffering.

What if I already have an ergonomic chair or other ergonomic equipment? UCSF policy will allow ergonomic chairs and other ergonomic equipment to be moved to your new workspace. All workstations will have height adjustable work surfaces therefore if a height adjustable desk needs to be ordered prior to move-in, the dimensions should be confirmed with our Ergonomics and Project Team.

How will I find my desk? What type of wayfinding can I expect?  The building is designed around a clear neighborhood concept with easy and understandable flow. This will be supplemented with a workstation numbering concept as well as digital monitors, way finding maps and signage throughout the building and on each floor.

What about security? There will be security guards at the front receptions desks with an additional guard at the office tower elevator bank. The elevators themselves will be restricted to card-key access providing access as allowed by UCSF.

How will my visitors or guests find me? There is an information desk clearly positioned in the lobby. At your discretion, guests will either be seated in the interview rooms on Level 1 and you will find them, or the security personnel will grant them access to your Level. Once on the appropriate floor, the visitor(s) may be greeted by a receptionist. There are chairs and conference rooms near the elevator bank where visitor(s) can wait for arrival of their host. Should you wish them to arrive at your desk, signage will clearly guide them to your space, although the specifics of this method will be decided by occupant groups of each floor.

How was the furniture selected for the building? The primary furniture manufacturer, Steelcase/One Work Place has been selected but specific furniture styles have not yet been. 

Will mock-ups be available prior to moving in? Mock-ups have already been constructed for the Typical Exam Room, and furniture mock-ups and trials will be part of the furniture design process. Opportunities to see the mock-ups and provide input will be managed by Cristina Morrison and other partners.

How is temperature controlled in the building? Temperature is controlled at the Building Management level with some individual adjustability as noted in the question included in the Personal Space section.

What type of lighting can I expect? The lighting is designed with fixtures specifically selected for efficient energy performance, glare minimization, even distribution of lighting, and a mid-range lamp temperature. The bulbs are LED, and fixtures dimmable down to 20%. The group in each zone can set the lower generally acceptable threshold light level and task lights will be provided for individual adjustability.

What sorts of amenities will be in the building? The building will have many amenities including Lactation rooms, IT Help Desk, vending machines, hoteling hub, showers, bike parking, café, auditorium, conference rooms, and rooftop terraces. In addition, the Mission Bay campus and neighborhood has many amenities to encourage spending time outside the building, including working out at the Bakar Fitness Center. Details of other amenities will be broadly shared prior to moving in.

Tell me more about the lactation rooms in the building: There will be a total of four rooms in the building. 3 rooms equipped with 2 stations (112, 113, 114) and 1 single-user room (73A). There are standard lactation room guidelines which include a card reader, air conditioning and heat, ceiling light with dimmer switch, blinds, multiple outlets, storage space, in-room sink with soap and towel dispenser. Furnishings will include chair, foot stool, bulletin board, clock, full length mirror, small refrigerator and more. If more information is desired, please contact Cristina Morrison who can share the guidelines.

What about WIFI? Wi-fi will be available throughout interior spaces and at the main roof terrace.

How should my group deal with HIPAA concerns? In partnership with our UCSF Privacy Office, a series of FAQ are being developed for UCSF staff and faculty moving into open plan spaces focused on HIPAA, which has come up as a concern in the past. The FAQ will be updated regularly to reflect changes in the way we work and will be shared as soon as it is updated. For now, it is recommended that all UCSF staff and faculty review the Privacy Office FAQ.

Are there conference rooms in this building? Yes, there are conference rooms on each floor as well as two large conference rooms (able to be converted to one large room) on Level 1, with 3 additional medium sized conference room on Level 2. Additionally, there are interview rooms associated with the “conference center” providing a place to comfortably seat individuals without having to send them through the building to departments.

Who will manage and schedule them?  This is being determined through a campus-wide effort for all similar conference rooms. Information will be updated as soon as resolution is confirmed.

Will training be provided for technology in conference rooms?  Yes, once the technology decisions are made, training will be provided prior to moving-in and for the first few weeks after move-in. In addition, ongoing training programs can be developed with partners once we know more about the conference room management efforts.

Will building occupants have priority access to conference rooms on their floors? Yes, the idea is that conference rooms on each floor will serve as the primary rooms for departments on those floors. There are also a host of conference rooms available on the Mission Bay campus for all UCSF staff and faculty to access.

Will I be able to schedule meetings prior to moving in? If yes, how far in advance? It is likely that we will be able to do this, however, the method has yet to be determined. Once we know more, the information will be shared. 

Who do I call if there is a spill in the conference room? This will be developed as part of the campus wide conference room management effort.

Who do I call if I need tech assistance for my meeting? This will be developed as part of the campus wide conference room management effort.

What type of technology can I expect in the focus, huddle and conference rooms? The details of technology are still being decided. Once they are known, the information will be shared.

Building Governance & Decision Making

How will private offices and work stations be assigned? A set of criteria are in development that will be shared to begin planning for office and work station assignments.

Who is on the Building Programming Committee? This information is available here.

How are decisions about space being made? Where can I learn more? UCSF is currently working on various initiatives and projects that focus on space strategy, space assignment, space utilization and more. As results of these efforts are released, the campus will be informed on the website and through any official policy changes that may occur. Stay tuned as more information will be shared in the coming months.  

How can building occupants build community? This is an effort that will be part of the Open Plan Change Support Project being led by Cristina Morrison. It is expected that building wide events will be scheduled close to moving in, but prior to that, tools and resources will be provided to encourage community building prior to moving in.

What other groups are in the building? The plans for occupants of the Academic Tower and Ophthalmology Building on Block 33 will be available soon and will be shared with all occupant groups. In addition, a presentation will be provided for managers to begin rolling out information to their groups.

Transportation & Working at Mission Bay

My commute will change when I move to Mission Bay. How can I plan ahead?  Information about changing traffic patterns in the Mission Bay area will be shared with all UCSF staff and faculty via our UCSF Transportation Office. The Transportation team is dedicated to ensuring information is shared proactively and our staff and faculty are prepared for the changes that will continue to occur near Mission Bay and other areas where UCSF has a site. All staff and faculty are encouraged to stay informed by signing up for newsletters and other venues of information pertinent to their transportation needs.  Please visit for directions, commuting connections, and information regarding UCSF vanpool and carpools, and much more!

How can I get a parking permit that serves Mission Bay? UCSF parking permits for the Mission Bay campus are available and current FY16-17 rate is $218/month.  For complete details regarding parking rates, access, rules and regulations; please visit our campus permit website here.

Will parking be available on-site? Approximately 200 surface parking spaces will be developed on Block 33 and service patients/visitors and employees.  The mixed use surface lot is accessible 24/7 and available on a first come, first served basis. If the lot is full, permit holders and patients/visitors may park in the UCSF 3rd Street Garage, Rutter Garage or any northern campus surface lot. Click here to view an interact map of Mission Bay.

Which UCSF shuttles service the area?  The UCSF Green shuttle will service Block 33 to transport patrons around the Mission Bay campus, including Caltrain, China Basin, Mission Bay North and South campus, and 654 Minnesota. The Green shuttle stops on 4th Street, where patrons can transfer to other campus shuttle lines: Grey, Blue, Gold, Red and Mission Bay local shuttles.  Click here for current shuttle timetables and general information.

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Where can I find the Giants home game schedule? See the Giants website.

How long will construction impact the MB area? There are many ongoing projects in the broader Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. Our Campus Life Services team has created a Construction Impacts website where information is updated in real time to prepare our UCSF community for construction impacts. Sign up to receive updates.