February 2012 
In This Issue
UCSF Works for You
UCSF and MHH Join Forces
Local Workers in Mission Bay


Introducing UCSF Works for You
2011 Community Outreach Internship Program participants 


We're proud to call San Francisco home. As the city's second-largest employer, UCSF understands the important role we play in the economic health of the City. That's why we are working with our neighbors to help develop a vibrant, sustainable San Francisco workforce.


UCSF Works for You is a new monthly publication that brings you regular updates on our workforce development efforts in our local communities. We believe in fostering a spirit of honest communication, mutual understanding, and creative collaboration  with the people whose neighborhoods and concerns we share.


We welcome your feedback and ideas!  Contact us at community@cgr.ucsf.edu. 

UCSF and Mission Hiring Hall  

Join Forces

Topping out ceremony

UCSF is in the midst of our largest construction project in recent history - the $1.5 billion  UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, targeted to open in early 2015. We need great construction workers to complete the job, and we're looking in our own backyard to find them. To source the right talent and meet our voluntary local hiring goals, we've teamed with Mission Hiring Hall (MHH), a respected San Francisco based non-profit organization experienced in managing employment outreach programs.


MHH is partnering with UCSF to encourage our contractors' good faith hiring efforts, recruiting local workers, building and maintaining a database of local, qualified trade workers and apprentices, establishing processes for referring workers to union locals, and more.


Our partnership with MHH comes at a critical time. In January 2011, UCSF voluntarily set an ambitious goal for the project to hire a workforce averaging 20 percent San Francisco residents during the first year of the project.


Community members interested in applying for UCSF construction employment opportunities should contact MHH at (415) 865-2105. A Submission of Ready, Able and Qualified Local Craftsperson form can also be downloaded on the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay website and submitted to mpenn@missionhiringhall.org.  

Thanks to Local Workers,
Mission Bay Medical Center Rises 
Total construction workforce hours

In 2015, San Franciscans will welcome the city's first new hospital in decades, the ground-breaking UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, a 289-bed complex featuring three separate facilities specializing in serving children, women, and cancer patients, as well as a green energy center and a helipad. The project is on track to be certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and incorporates the most advanced approaches to evidence-based hospital design, an increasingly prevalent trend built on research suggesting that design can improve health outcomes.


If you've passed by the site, located in the Mission Potrero neighborhood, you know that construction is well underway. The 878,000 gross-square-foot steel structures that serve as the skeleton for the hospital complex buildings were completed last fall, and workers have now begun installing the precast concrete and glass that will form the "exterior skin" of the buildings.


Since the project began in December 2010 through the end of 2011, 20 percent of the total work hours have been completed by San Franciscans, in alignment with UCSF's goal to hire a workforce averaging at least 20 percent San Francisco residents during the first year of the project. Along with the 20 percent local hire goal in the first year, the University is aiming for a 5 percent increase per year through the project's completion -- which would more than double UCSF's historic average for the hiring of San Francisco construction workers.


As construction on the project continues, you can find monthly updates on local hiring and work underway by visiting the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay website.