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January 13, 2012


10 Day Look Ahead: Renewal Project Construction Activities


The Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project, which will expand Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, rebuild Stanford Hospital, modernize Hoover Pavilion, and replace School of Medicine laboratories, is underway. Below is a summary of the Renewal Project's anticipated construction activities, hours of activity, and any affected lane or road closures over the next 10 days. Please click here to subscribe to our 10 day look aheads, which will be emailed every Friday and archived on the Renewal Project website.


Please note that that the scope of work and dates related are subject to change without notice. 

Welch Road Utility Project


Traffic Flow: Thank you for your patience with the recent traffic pattern changes around campus. In order to further alleviate traffic congestion in the Welch Corridor, two new changes are being implemented: The North Pasteur 'dog leg' will be open from 2 pm-6 pm Monday-Friday in order to relieve traffic congestion on Welch Road. In addition, the intersection at Pasteur and Welch has been signalized. This change is intended to help monitor cars at each intersection and time the lights in real time to allow traffic to move freely. This change should reduce the need for a traffic control officer at the intersection except during peak traffic hours.

Recommended Driving Routes: During 2 pm-6 pm, when the dog leg is open, we recommend the following routes to increase traffic flow on Welch and Pasteur: northbound Sand Hill Road traffic should use Oak; southbound Sand Hill Road traffic should use Pasteur. Dynamic message boards will be added at these intersections to help inform recommended traffic flow.

August 2011-September 2013

One of the first steps in the effort to expand Packard Children's Hospital and rebuild Stanford Hospital includes utility work and surface improvements. The Welch Road Utility Project includes: replacing utility services and information technology infrastructure along Welch and Quarry Roads to serve the new hospital facilities once they are built; the widening of Welch Road; replacement of sidewalks, curbs and gutters; planting of new street trees and installation of planted medians and street lighting.

Note: Access to the Emergency Room will be maintained at all times.

This week's activities:

What to expect this weekend (1/13-1/15)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3:30 pm 

The City of Palo Alto is expected to perform utility work and will cross the Hospitals' loading dock on the Quarry Extension on Saturday, 1/14. Traffic control measures will be in place. Access to the Emergency Department will be maintained at all times.

Weekday work (1/16-1/20)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3:30 pm

Welch Rd is now a one-lane, one-way road going West from Quarry to Pasteur Drive. This change will be in effect for two years. We thank you for your patience regarding this significant change and ask that you please adjust your driving route accordingly. South Pasteur Drive is now a two-way two-lane road. North Pasteur Drive is closed between Blake Wilbur Drive and Sand Hill Road.

K-Rail will remain in place on the inboard side of Quarry Rd (between Welch and continuing up to the Quarry Extension near the turn to the Emergency Department) in order to facilitate ongoing utility work. This reduces Quarry to a two lane, two direction road during this time. Access will be maintained to the Emergency Department at all times.

Hardscape demolition of the parking lot behind the Blake Wilbur Clinic will continue.

New water line installation work will continue on Quarry Road.

The City of Palo Alto will continue performing its own utility related work on the Quarry Extension (near Receiving and the Emergency Department). Regular working hours are 8 am-5 pm M-F, except holidays. During this time, the Quarry Extension may be reduced to one lane traffic for up to two weeks. Access to the Emergency Department and to Receiving will be maintained at all times via flag men and other traffic control measures. The Hospitals have traffic detours in place as appropriate to ensure traffic flow in and out of the ED.


As part of this effort, the City will be performing jackhammering and concrete demolition to replace the gas meter in the sidewalk adjacent to H3 and G3. This work is expected to take one day to complete. Date to be confirmed by the City of Palo Alto.

The City's utility work is estimated to be completed the week of 1/23/12. If you have questions regarding this City project, please contact the city's contractor:


For inquiries during regular business hours, contact Daleo Field Superintendent Bruce Mayhood at (408) 639-5675.

For off hours inquiries, contact Joe Franke via the Daleo 24 hour emergency line at: (408) 639-1133.

Please be cautious of construction trucks entering the road. Access to the Emergency Room will be maintained at all times.

What to expect next weekend (1/21-1/23)
Hours of Construction Activity: 8 am - 5 pm

No work is planned.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Expansion (Make-Ready Site)

August 2011-October 2012


The Packard Children's Hospital expansion site prep (known as the 'Make-Ready' site) includes the demolition of 701 & 703 Welch and the construction of a shoring wall and utility tunnel in preparation for the Packard Children's expansion.

This week's activities: 

What to expect this weekend (1/13-1/15)

Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3:30 pm

On Saturday, 1/14 work will occur on the Make-Ready site. Contractors will install a truck washing station and will continue with the site prep for the delivery of DPR construction trailers scheduled to occur on the evening of Tuesday, 1/17.

Weekday work (1/16-1/20)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3:30 pm

Excavation of the new Make Ready site is underway. Work to remove and off haul the top three feet of soil from the site will continue. As excavation work occurs, please be mindful of additional hauling trucks entering the road.

Shoring work will continue about 15-20 feet away from the hospital.

Access to the rear entrance of Packard Children's will remain open throughout construction.

Continued utility work requires that the sidewalk connecting the rear entrance of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to the Falk Building remain closed through February 2012. Access to the Falk Building from Packard Children's has been rerouted through Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Signage has been placed to assist routing from Packard Children's through Stanford Hospital to an exit leading to the west side of the Falk Building. Please note that this door requires badge access. The Outpatient Heart Center will continue to assist families and escort them to and from the Falk Center for appointments.

Night work (1/17): 8 pm- midnight

On Tuesday, 1/17, construction contractor DPR will begin mobilizing trailers on the Make-Ready site. This activity is estimated to begin at 8 pm and will occur on Quarry Road at Welch Road. There will be temporary traffic delays on Quarry during this time as six trailers back into the site. The work is expected to be completed by midnight.

Access to the Emergency Department will be maintained at all times.

What to expect next weekend (1/20-1/22):

Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3:30 pm

No weekend work is planned.

Hoover Pavilion Modernization 

August 2011-July 2013


Construction is underway to modernize and restore Hoover Pavilion, the original Palo Alto Hospital, in order to accommodate modern medicine and create a cohesive expansion to the Medical Center campus.

This week's activities:


What to expect this weekend (1/13-1/15)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3.30 pm

No weekend work is planned.

Weekday work (1/16-1/20)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3.30 pm

Structural work is progressing with the installation of overhead structural supports, localized slab strengthening and the installation of shotcrete (concrete type material) walls.

Concrete repairs to the exterior fa´┐Żade will continue next week.  Installation of the refurbished wood windows has begun.

Tenant improvement work continues with the back-fill of the trenches for the under-slab work.

Installation of a new communication line in Quarry Road is ongoing and will be complete this month.

What to expect next weekend (1/20-1/22)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3.30 pm

No work is planned.

General Reminders


Motorists: please be mindful of sharing the road with bicyclists. Cyclists who choose not to share the road and use the sidewalks must walk their bicycles.


Pedestrians must use the new designated crosswalks on Welch Road. Jaywalking is illegal and especially unsafe in active construction areas. Maps with new pedestrian crosswalks are available at Thank you!


Consider alternative transportation. Stanford's free Marguerite shuttle service offers convenient connections between the Stanford Medical Center and the Palo Alto Transit Center and other destinations. Eligible university and hospital employees may request free Caltrain and VTA transit passes and those with a Stanford ID ride for free on AC Transit's Line U East Bay Express bus. Consider a do-it-yourself transit and/or bicycle commute plan.



You can find the most up to date information on the Renewal Project website at

You can also sign up for project email notices on the website. For additional information regarding site work, email the Renewal Project at or call the 24-hour Construction Hotline: (650) 701-SUMC (7862).