Guiding Principles


The department and its partners have agreed on a set of core principles which will define what our main considerations will be throughout the design and construction of the new building:

Patient and family experience

  • Breaking down barriers to provide a catalyst for improved patient care
  • Create a healing and therapeutic environment
  • Safety and security for patients and family
  • Patient-centered care

Optimize use of space in care delivery

  • Standardize with future flexibility and adaptability
  • Design that is adaptable for future services

Intuitive way-finding and connections

  • Clear way-finding and access points
  • Separation of flows

Integration of clinical, researc,h and education

  • Collaboration and integration across disciplines and organizations
  • Integration with UCSF Health
  • Create relationships and efficiencies between divisions

Utilize process improvement principles

  • Optimize flows
  • Operational efficiency

Promote academic excellence

  • Linking Department of Psychiatry and local community mental health efforts
  • Mental health services recognized locally, nationally and globally

Environmental sustainability

  • Create a healthy building
  • Integrate sustainability measures addressing energy efficiency
  • Support sustainable practices

Financial resources

  • Responsible use of gifted and allocated funds
  • Reduce operational costs

Be a good neighbor

  • Trusted partnership with community stakeholders and neighborhood associations
  • Architectural character should be timeless and welcoming
  • Fit harmoniously within the urban fabric

Embed safety into the facility design and process

  • Evidence based design
  • Standardization of rooms
  • Safe and secure environment

Exceptional staff experience

  • Safe environment
  • Create a facility that clinical team, patients, and community can be proud of
  • Recruit and retain
  • Enable the next generation of leaders