1959–1989 Modernization and the Expansion of Scientific and Clinical Training
Updates to Campus Buildings
Other buildings were demolished in this period, such as the old Medical School Building – completed in 1898 and located in what is now the quad between the Medical Sciences Building and the School of Nursing – as well as the Residence Hall at 610 Parnassus which was demolished in 1973.
In addition, UCSF was able to turn around its relationship with the surrounding community from outright hostility in some quarters to pride and participation in UCSF. As part of a series of accommodations to neighborhood and state legislative concerns about further growth, in the 1976 Long Range Development Plan, the Regents adopted several policies to limit growth at the Parnassus Heights site. The Regents designated 58 acres on the steep slopes of Mount Sutro as an open space reserve, and designated the boundaries of the campus so as to limit the further acquisition or leasing of property by UCSF. Certain houses at the western border of the campus, on Third and Fifth Avenues in particular, were to be returned to residential use from office uses, and a transportation study was funded. Most importantly, the Regents limited the amount of built space at the Parnassus Heights site to 3.55 million gross square feet, and recognized the principle of limiting the average daily population there.
Meanwhile the School of Dentistry – one of only two dental schools in northern California – had long outgrown its previous space in the Clinical Sciences and Medical Sciences buildings, and was at risk of losing its accreditation if the problems of shortage of space and facilities were not resolved. By 1980, both the refurbishment of Moffitt Hospital and the construction of the new School of Dentistry were complete.
In 1985 UCSF acquired the Laurel Heights site in an effort to alleviate crowded conditions on the Parnassus campus. This episode began a long legal battle with the Laurel Heights Improvement Association, concerned about the Environmental Impact Report that detailed plans for UCSF’s use of Laurel Heights. The report included plans for the relocation the majority of the faculty, staff and research facilities of the School of Pharmacy and pharmacology labs. In 1991 the California Court of Appeal ruled in UCSF’s favor that it did not misrepresent development plans and Laurel Heights eventually grew to become a fully occupied campus of UCSF, housing social science and humanities departments, health policy researchers, and administrative arms of various university and departmental offices. Only a small contingent of the School of Pharmacy’s faculty and staff eventually took up occupancy at Laurel Heights.
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