UCSF-RAB-ZSFG FAQS

UCSF Research and Academic Building at ZSFG FAQ (September 2017)

These FAQ are sorted by topic. To jump to a topic, simply select either Communication, Project, Programming, Timeline, and Move Preparation & Working in the Building. There is also another section on the website dedicated to Open Plan FAQ.


Communication

When will I hear more about what happens next?  The project team is planning to publish regular newsletters, and there will be other ways you can get updates as things evolve (e.g. email and web pages). As shared in the October 2017 newsletter, the next step in the project process is that several key exhibits must be completed for execution of the UCSF Research and Academic Building at ZSFG Lease Disposition and Development Agreement, and the Building 3 lease renewal. After these leases are executed, more messaging will follow about project scope, budget, programming, design, workgroups, governance, change support, move preparation, and document digitization. These FAQs will also be updated regularly. If you have questions, you can email: [email protected] at any time.

Where can I learn more about the building, and the design and construction processes?  Multiple channels of regular communication are planned or already in place, including newsletters and other announcements. Information will also be posted at https://space.ucsf.edu/zuckerberg-san-francisco-general. As we get closer to programming and design activities, town halls and other opportunities for input will ensure that all ZSFG faculty, researchers and staff can be heard. The UCSF community relations website will also have information about the building that is focused on nearby residential and business community concerns: https://www.ucsf.edu/cgr/cgr-projects/ucsf-research-building-zsfg#community-involvement. Are there other ways you would like to learn about the progress of the new Research and Academic Building? If so, please let us know. Email: [email protected]

Who can I reach out to with specific questions?  Messages to [email protected] will be addressed by the building project team. You may also contact the following people with specific issues or questions related to the building:

Fraser Conrad - ZSFG Vice Dean's Office Project Lead: [email protected]
Christine Shaff - UCSF Real Estate, Planning, Capital Programs and Sustainability (REPCAPS): [email protected]


Project

I was interviewed by Perkins + Will in 2016. What was the outcome of that? Those interviews were conducted as part of the information-collection stage; thank you very much for your input during that process. The outcome of those interviews helped to provide an initial picture of our current state at the time. It is recognized that the projects, personnel, and needs for labs at ZSFG are dynamic and in flux, and the building design must support the present and future research and academic needs at ZSFG. More information gathering for programming and final design, along with other efforts and deliberations, will be needed before building construction begins.

How will construction affect traffic flow, shuttle stops, access to buildings, noise, etc.?  This has yet to be determined completely. The impact will likely be similar to those during construction of the new hospital building (Building 25). Shuttle service will continue but stops may need to be temporarily relocated. There will be noise due to this project and to the city-managed Building 5 seismic upgrade construction that is scheduled to occur at the same time. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Will the garage be expanded? The decision to expand the garage is subject to the approval of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Currently there is no approval to expand the garage. The SF Department of Public Health (DPH) and UCSF are partnering to develop a more comprehensive Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program to help decompress some of the current parking issues.

Will the lobby be a public space?  The design process for the building has not yet begun, but the lobby of the new Research and Academic Building will probably be much like other UCSF building lobbies at Mission Bay and across San Francisco. This is likely to include a space that is accessible to the public, and a security station to prevent free access to secure areas of the building.

How will the building be secured?  While the lobby design has not commenced just yet, we expect that there will be a public entrance with UCSF security and check-in required to access the building.

What will happen to the red brick buildings after UCSF staff leave?  That will be up to the Department of Public Health, who owns the property.


Programming

Who is moving into the building?  Who moves into the new Research and Academic Building will depend on the programming decisions for the building, which will be made with input from the UCSF at ZSFG research community once the lease agreements for the new building and for Building 3 have been finalized. The aim is to provide space for all of the researchers who must vacate the red brick buildings, and then to allocate additional space as best serves the needs of our research programs.

Will you make sure I have everything I need for my research projects in the new building? This is the goal of the programming and design processes: programming will determine what needs to go into the new building, and design will determine how everything is arranged. These steps will need to take into account the needs of current researchers as well as the research needs for the next 100 years. Researchers at ZSFG will have the opportunity to provide input throughout these processes.

Will I be able to see my low touch research subjects in the new building? The need for clinical research space and facilities has been articulated by several departments and Principal Investigators, and these requirements will be part of the overall programming effort. Final programming will determine what needs to go into the new building, and design will determine how everything is arranged. Researchers at ZSFG will have the opportunity to provide input throughout these processes.

Will funds be made available to purchase new equipment and instrumentation? There are no current plans to make extra funds available for new equipment or instruments for individual research projects. Existing laboratory equipment and instrumentation is planned for relocation to the new building.


Timeline

What is happening now? The Board of Supervisors’ historical approval in January 2017 for UCSF to lease land for the Research and Academic Building started the negotiation process by UCSF and the SF Department of Public Heath (DPH) to execute the Lease Disposition and Development Agreement. We are getting close to finalizing this agreement along with updating a lease for Building 3. A comprehensive and cohesive plan for the UCSF work on the ZSFG campus must incorporate all research and academic space for many generations.

Other ongoing work includes site logistics meetings with UCSF and DPH to optimize local site logistics and reduce any disruption to ongoing hospital operations. The initial site lot line survey has been completed. Work on the Technology Performance Criteria document is ongoing.

When will construction begin? Construction of the UCSF Research and Academic Building at ZSFG is tentatively planned to commence in 2019. The specific date for start of construction is dependent on how long it takes to complete the building programming and design process.

When will occupants move in?  Construction is estimated to take 24-30 months, making the tentative move-in date some time in 2021. Actual timelines are currently in development.


Move
Preparation, & Working in the New Building

Can we move into the new building without putting our projects on hold? If not, how long should we plan to stop work? The intent is to start the move into the new building once it is fully completed, so that current occupants of the labs that will be vacated will not have to move before the building is completed and ready. This will minimize the down time required for the move, but there will need to be some advance planning to set aside time that must be dedicated to that process. The details will become clearer as programming, design, and construction of the building progress.

I have an office now. Will I get an office in the new building? All new UCSF space is built based on open plan design (https://space.ucsf.edu/open-plan-design), which includes a variety of work spaces including assigned private offices, assigned work stations, unassigned focused rooms, unassigned huddle rooms, a variety of conference rooms and hotel work stations. UCSF is incorporating lessons learned from initial use of open plan on campus into the planning of the ZSFG building. One of those elements was construction of office space. A governance process will be designed and implemented for the building that will help inform who would be assigned office space.

How will space / offices be assigned?   Arranging the layout of the new building will be a complex process involving input from researchers, architects, planners, different UCSF departments, and leadership. Ultimately, a new governance structure specific to the UCSF building at ZSFG will be designed and implemented to inform the assignment and management of spaces and adjacencies. The goals in assigning spaces and adjacencies will be meeting researchers’ needs, optimizing potential for collaboration, considering similarity of research, and providing the best opportunities for use of shared equipment. We will share that information as that structure is designed.

Will we get to choose where our labs will be located? Designing the layout of the new building will be a complex process involving input from researchers, architects, planners, different UCSF departments, and leadership. Ultimately, a governance structure specific to the UCSF building at ZSFG will assign spaces and adjacencies with the goals of meeting researchers’ needs, optimizing potential for collaboration, considering similarity of research, and providing the best opportunities for use of shared equipment.

What common facilities will there be in the new building? This question will be answered during the design phase of the project, based in part on input from the ZSFG research community. Current ideas include a potential for shared support facilities, plus kitchens, restrooms, conference rooms, and certain functional cores.

How will costs be shared if there are common facilities? This has yet to be determined, but it will be informed by what has been learned from other recently constructed UCSF buildings using open plan design. Ongoing operations costs, indirect cost recovery, and space governance will need to be carefully reviewed and adjusted as we plan for the move of UCSF operations into the new building.