Our new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford expansion incorporates best practices for saving water and other natural resources, including 38 percent less water usage than in a comparable hospital. Recycled water sources will save as much as 800,000 gallons of water per year.
Packard Children’s leadership efforts to promote a healthy environment permeate the entire hospital and are a driving force behind the expansion design.
Packard Children’s is now partnering with John Muir Health to provide access to comprehensive children’s specialty services in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities.
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To reduce traffic congestion and encourage alternative modes of transportation, all employees of Packard Children’s were provided with Caltrain GO Passes at the beginning of the year. The Go Passes allow staff to ride Caltrain for free—encouraging the use of mass transportation for their commute to and from work. So far, more than 1,000 employees have taken part in the program and are riding the rails to cut back on commuter driving.
Sustainability is a driving force behind the hospital expansion project, which incorporates water-efficient systems, a 110,000-gallon cistern to store rainwater, and the use of drought-tolerant plants, such as native grasses, shrubs, and trees. The new expanses of green space and permeable paving will handle storm runoff better than paved areas.
For the children and expectant mothers who come to Packard Children’s, the new gardens will be a retreat where they can savor the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. The hospital is adding more than three acres of greenery, connecting the new facility to the existing one while providing a backdrop of calmness and serenity.
The hospital expansion and the entire Stanford University Medical Center Project Renewal have been carefully designed to benefit every member of the community, even non-patients.
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.