Fact Sheet: The Pritzker Center at UCSF

May 23, 2007
News Office: Corinna Kaarlela (415) 502-6397


The Pritzker Center at UCSF is dedicated to research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment to meet the mental health needs of Bay Area youth, regardless of socioeconomic status. The new center will combine and expand the nationally recognized mental health programs and services of San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center (SFGH) and the specialty clinics, training and research of UCSF's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI) into one cohesive, multidisciplinary program and building. The collaboration builds upon the successful partnership between UCSF and the City and County of San Francisco -- an academic/public partnership like few others in the world.

The Pritzker Center at UCSF is poised to serve as a national and international resource that will influence public policy and set the standard for the field of child and adolescent emotional well-being. Unlike most child and adolescent mental health care facilities in the country, The Pritzker Center at UCSF will conduct and apply scientific research, train the full range of child mental health care professionals in the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, and most importantly provide world-class clinical practice and programs with fresh, multidisciplinary approaches to treat the most vexing mental health problems that face our children today. Many children and adolescents have overlapping problems, including exposure to community and domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, ADHD and Tourette's and tic disorders, among others. The Pritzker Center at UCSF will facilitate collaborative approaches to these complex cases. The Pritzker Center is scheduled to open in early 2008.


A 2005 landmark study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) revealed the following data on the mental health of young people in the U.S.:

  • One half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14
  • Approximately one out of every five children and adolescents has a diagnosable mental disorder and the vast majority (65 to 90 percent of children and adolescents) do not receive any type of mental health treatment
  • Approximately 5 to13 percent of children and adolescents suffer from a serious emotional disturbance and are a primary concern of most federal and state public policies because they have especially high levels of need

In addition, experts at UCSF have found:

  • In San Francisco, more than 6,000 vulnerable youth are in need of mental health services but are not currently getting treatment
  • Many of these children have complex and overlapping mental disorders that require the highest level of expertise and multidisciplinary collaboration for effective diagnosis and treatment
  • The Mission and Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhoods of San Francisco have the fewest mental health treatment options
  • Northern California needs approximately 1,000 additional child psychiatrists, yet the three training programs in the region are producing between 13 and 15 child psychiatrists per year
  • Understanding childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders lags 10 to 20 years behind the understanding of adult psychiatric disorders


  • Location: 2130 Third Street (at Tennessee and 18th Streets)
  • 36,000 square feet on three floors

  • 55-space surface parking lots

  • Conveniently located on the Third Street T light-rail MUNI Line and adjacent bus stops
  • The current site is an existing three-story building, originally constructed in 1941. In 2001, the building was renovated with seismic structural upgrades, a new fire suppression system and accessibility upgrades.
  • New construction will make space for private offices, workstations, pleasant waiting areas, and treatment rooms with acoustic and visual privacy. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems will be modified to fulfill specific needs.


  • Create an engaging, serene and inspiring space that will feel welcome to families upon entry
  • Encourage spatial openness for collaboration and interaction among various programs
  • Keep workstations and offices on the periphery to allow for natural daylight and views
  • Use unique colored, textured walls to enclose the "central core"
  • Create partitions to incorporate glass transoms and side light to allow natural light to penetrate interior hallways
  • Use backlit fabric panels to hide new mechanical ducts and serve as playful, sculptural elements providing visual relief in long hallways
  • Incorporate elements of nature to create a healing and comforting environment for all
  • Build to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, with maximum possible maintenance of high indoor air quality; use of natural, rapidly renewable and recycled materials such as natural clay plaster, bamboo plywood, and resin panels from recycled milk jugs; and use of energy efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems.


Development Manager: SKS Investments

Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Landscape Architect: Blasen Landscape Architectures

Mechanical Engineer: Rumsey Engineers, Inc.

Electrical Engineer: Integrated Design Associates, Inc.

Lighting Designer: Architectural Lighting Design

General Contactor: Plant Construction Company


Tipper Gore, Chair Nanci Bakar Fredkin Marcia Goldman Susan M. Hyatt Lisa and John Pritzker Jeanne Robertson Garen & Shari Staglin

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