Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

September 20, 2019
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing to provide an update on our ongoing seismic program to evaluate UCSF’s owned and leased buildings to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of our community — our faculty, staff, learners, patients, neighbors, and visitors.

As residents of California, we recognize the importance of taking steps to mitigate seismic risk. UCSF buildings are designed and constructed to the codes and standards that are effective at the time of their construction or major renovation. However, as seismic engineering and standards evolve, we work to update and enhance our facilities to meet the latest standards.

Our current seismic review is part of the University of California’s proactive initiative to update seismic performance ratings throughout the UC system. The UC-wide assessment bolsters our ongoing seismic program, which has invested many millions of dollars to make seismic upgrades across the campus and clinical enterprise. This voluntary effort goes beyond what many institutions across the state currently follow.

Today, we released the first batch of reports based on seismic building evaluations conducted by the UCSF Seismic Review Committee, our independent team of leading structural and geotechnical engineers. The reports are posted online and represent about 20 percent of UCSF’s buildings being evaluated. The seismic experts approved all of the buildings in this first collection for use by the UCSF community, including our patients and visitors. Most of these buildings meet UC seismic standards, while others require further analysis to...

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