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Peeking inside the expanding Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Ever since I started my job in 2008, I’ve been hearing about the huge expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford that is slated to open in 2017. First it was an abstract idea, then a set of floor plans and renderings, then a fenced-off patch of dirt, then an enormous hole in the ground. Now the new building is a real, three-dimensional place, with floors, walls, windows, a roof.

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Groundbreaking Celebration Marks Beginning of Construction

Hospital employees, volunteers, administrators, planners, business leaders, elected officials and community members donned bright yellow hardhats and gathered at the excavation site on Thursday, Sept. 6, to celebrate the official groundbreaking for a transformational expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

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Transforming Hospital Design

Several aspects of the Packard expansion project have been improved by the first-hand participation of physicians, nurses, multidisciplinary care teams, and parents. Their input and feedback has led to a number of important changes—before construction even begins.

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Setting Down New Roots

Trees on the site of the Packard Children’s Hospital expansion have been boxed and stored, and are ready to be replanted once the project is complete. Heritage trees have been preserved; 12 protected oaks and redwoods have been carefully prepared and put in safekeeping so they can be transplanted later, and four have already been relocated to new sites on the university campus to provide better growing conditions.

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Can You Dig It?

Some of the most important components that keep Packard Children’s running smoothly lie beneath the surface. The Welch Road Utility Project involves constructing and replacing utility services, such as water lines and electrical conduits, and improving the infrastructure for information technology along—and below—Welch Road.