The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the US has broken ground on a 265,000ft² global health and clinical sciences building at its Mission Bay campus.
The seven-storey building, also known as Mission Hall, will be located at the corner of 3rd and 16th streets near the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, which is due to open in February 2015.
Mission Hall will feature office space for most of the clinical faculty from UCSF’s School of Medicine, accomodating around 1,500 people.
After completion in 2014, the building will bring all the faculty, staff and students involved in the university’s global health programmes and the offices of the chancellor under one roof.
UCSF chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann said, "Mission Hall will become the gateway to expand discover, translate and implement science with a focus on improving global health."
UCSF executive director of the Global Health Sciences programme Jaime Sepulveda said the Mission Bay campus will become one of the leading centres for biomedical research and translation, where top scientific and clinical talent will collaborate to tackle intractable diseases.
"Ten years ago, Global Health Sciences was composed of only a handful of faculty and staff, and today we have more than 200 faculty and staff and have trained more than 600 students," Sepulveda said.
The university has secured a $20m gift from Chuck Feeney for the clinical sciences building.
In October 2012, UCSF awarded a $94m design-build contract to Rudolph and Sletten for its 266,000ft², seven-storey academic Mission Bay Block 25A academic building.
The Block 25A building will feature huddle rooms, focus rooms, open workstations, conference rooms, classrooms, a learning centre and retail spaces.
Image: The seven-storey Mission Hall building is expected to open in 2014. Photo: Courtesy of architecture firm WRNS Studios/Cindy Chew.