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UCSF will break ground on a 12-story tower in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood this summer, signaling the first phase of construction on the 330,000 square foot building. The project consists of three wings: the tower, a five-story south wing and a three-story north wing. It will sit on a site known as Block 33, located at the southeast intersection of Third and 16th Street.

Mission Bay, east of downtown and south of the Dogpatch, has multiple major projects in the pipeline, including the Chase Center — The Warrior’s controversial future arena.

The new building has a budget of $237 million and will be a space for desktop research, administration and a new Center for Vision Neurosciences with an ophthalmology clinic. UCSF has committed to an open-plan design for the project. This collaborative approach is the result of lessons learned from the construction of Mission Hall, an academic building completed in 2014 that lacked private office space.

The new building at Block 33 will “[ensure] maximum exposure to light and views with windows within sight of as many occupants as possible; [add] private offices to allow for more privacy based on functional need; and [address] issues with technology and way-finding,” according to Pulse of UCSF.

The university hopes to have the project complete by July 2019.

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