Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Expansion Reaches Weather-Tight Construction Milestone in Advance of El Niño Season

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The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Expansion reached an important milestone this week, becoming weather-tight before the anticipated wet El Niño season begins. The 521,000 square-foot expansion and new main building is more than halfway through construction, and the exterior of the building is anticipated to be completed at the end of this year.

“We are one step closer to opening the nation’s most technologically advanced, family-friendly and environmentally sustainable hospital for infants, children and expectant mothers,” said Christopher G. Dawes, president and chief executive officer of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. “Our innovative facilities will help set the stage for the future of health care for children, and we are grateful that we will be able to meet the increased demand for pediatric and obstetric care as the Bay Area population continues to grow.”

Scheduled to open in summer 2017, the expansion will optimize the hospital’s services and infrastructure, adding more beds, private rooms, state-of-the-art operating suites, family-friendly amenities and the flexible floor space the hospital needs to adapt to new technologies and streamline services. Designed by Perkins + Will Architects with Executive Architect HGA, the expansion almost doubles the size of the current hospital and adds 149 patient beds when completed. This will make a total of 397 licensed beds for the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest enterprise for children and expectant mothers, and ensures families needing the highest quality of care will not be turned away due to lack of space.

“As the wettest expected winter in years quickly approaches, we’re thrilled that the hospital construction is weather-tight,” said Michael Lane, vice president of construction. “This accomplishment will help to ensure the future functionality of the building and keep us on schedule as we move into the final phase of construction.”

Since the project broke ground in September 2012, more than 40 million pounds of steel and rebar have been installed to support the building. Interior work is now under way in addition to construction of some the distinctive and child-friendly architectural elements of the new facility, including the glass Tree House façade and outdoor Discovery Garden.

A leader in sustainability, the $1.1 billion Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford expansion is also setting a new standard for sustainable hospital design. 100 percent of the irrigation needs for the hospital landscaping and gardens will be harvested from rainwater and wastewater, saving approximately 800,000 gallons of water per year. Inside the hospital, water-efficient bathroom fixtures and fittings will reduce potable water usage by 30 percent.

With the hospital expansion and new main building, high-demand programs like the Heart Center, Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services, Bass Childhood Cancer Center and more will have room to grow and benefit from the additional space.

“More-efficient floor plans based on user feedback from our staff, the people actually using the rooms, will allow us to provide seamless, family-centered care,” said Jill Ann Sullivan, MSN, RN, vice president of hospital transformation and space planning. “By making these adjustments, we were able to integrate new technology into patient spaces and deliver care more efficiently, while providing our patients and their families with the comfortable, therapeutic environment needed to heal.”

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