UCSF Health has commenced construction on the UCSF Health Helen Diller Hospital, a $4.3bn facility that will provide complex care in San Francisco, California, US.

The start of construction was marked by a ground-breaking ceremony, which was attended by over 200 leaders from various sectors.

Referred to as the ‘hospital of the future’, the new 880,000ft² facility will be located at the university’s flagship campus on Parnassus Heights.

The 15-storey hospital, expected to open in 2030, will become a key component of UCSF’s 30-year plan to revolutionise its Parnassus Heights campus, fostering advancements in care, research, and education.

It will work in tandem with a research and academic building, scheduled to open in 2028.

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and HDR, the new hospital aims to provide an optimal healing environment. It will integrate nature, human-centred design, and advanced medical care.

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It is set to incorporate the latest technologies in diagnostics, robotics, and surgical procedures, focusing on complex specialities such as neurosurgery, cardiology, transplant, and emergency medicine. Innovative operating suites will be equipped with immediate access to MRIs and scanners, facilitating precise surgeries.

To meet the growing demand for speciality care, the hospital will increase UCSF Health’s capacity by 37% to 682 beds and add 22 new operating rooms, bringing the total to 40. Emergency care capacity will also see a significant increase, with 31 new beds resulting in a total of 70, a 71% expansion.

UCSF is also investing in the community by improving public transit and setting a 30% local hiring goal for the construction workforce. An initial $11m has been allocated to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority to enhance the N Judah line.

UCSF has committed to creating 1,000 union jobs, initiating job training programmes, and expanding existing ones, with the first training cohort having commenced on April 22 in partnership with CityBuild.