A research facility is planned at San Francisco General Hospital atop the parking lot of the former trauma center. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

A research facility is planned at San Francisco General Hospital atop the parking lot of the former trauma center. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

SF to consider lease for new UCSF research building

UC San Francisco is poised to move a step closer this week to building its new research building at San Francisco General Hospital.

The Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday will consider a 75-year lease for $200 million, 175,000-square-foot facility, which is set to be constructed atop a parking lot outside the hospital’s former emergency room. The building will replace the space occupied by UCSF employees in seven seismically unsafe buildings at the hospital’s campus.

SEE RELATED: UCSF, city finalizing lease agreement for new research facility

The research building is intended to complement other recent improvements to San Francisco General, including the opening last year of the hospital’s new trauma center. UCSF-led research conducted at the campus includes neurosurgery, neurology, orthopedics, radiology and nursing, among other fields.

In addition to Health Department employees, about 800 UCSF faculty, trainees and staff work at San Francisco General through patient care, teaching or conducting research.

UCSF will pay for the new research building at no cost to taxpayers, health officials said.

The full Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the lease next week.

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