UCSF Plans to Expand Parnassus and Aldea

I’ve posted here before about the 3.55 million square foot Space Ceiling that was meant to restrain UCSF from over-expansion in Parnassus Heights and Aldea Student Housing. UCSF never quite managed to adhere to those, but it did use it as a guideline and stayed close.

Those days may be over. UCSF is amending its Long Range Development Plan (2015-2035) to include a major 2 million square foot expansion of facilities and student housing, both in Parnassus and in Aldea. The real-estate website, http://www.socketsite.com, has released a good article that describes the expected developments, here:

UCSF’s Ambitious Plan to Expand Its Parnassus Heights Campus

Unfortunately, the article doesn’t show what’s on the cards for Aldea Student Housing, which is now much more prominent in our neighborhood with the removal of a lot of the forest and street trees that screened the student housing from the roads. We have some sense of it from planning meetings last year – we can expect taller buildings up to eight stories high.

(Meanwhile, it has dumped its Laurel Heights campus in a 99-year lease to a developer. This has been planned for a while now, to maximize the value of the site.)

Model of UCSF Parnassus Heights campus expansion - source Socketsite.comourc
UCSF Parnassus Heights expansion – source Socketsite.com

All the pictures in this post are from the Socketsite article. If you want more detailed information, check it out.

Artists rendering of Parnassus Heights Campus expansion by Perkins Eastman - source Socketsite.com
Parnassus Heights Campus as massed and rendered by Perkins Eastman – http://www.perkinseastman.com


UCSF has announced a meeting of its Advisory Committee for the Future of Parnassus Heights. It’s planned for Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Via Zoom online, and is open to the public.

If you RSVP at this web address, UCSF will send you a link to participate in the meeting.

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