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

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

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
, 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.”

About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at
its core, is the largest Bay Area health care enterprise exclusively
dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Long recognized by U.S.
News & World Report
as one of America’s best, we are a leader in
world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every
pediatric and obstetric specialty, with care ranging from the routine to
rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with our Stanford
physicians, nurses, and staff, we can be accessed through
partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary
care practices at more than 60 locations in Northern California and 100
locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed
to supporting our community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured
kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school
nurse positions in local schools. Learn more at
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