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January 27, 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 of work are subject to change without notice, especially due to weather impacts.

Welch Road Utility Project

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 used 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 (1/27-1/29)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3:30 pm


Work will occur over the weekend to prep the City of Palo Alto gas line work in the Quarry/Welch intersection. The City of Palo Alto will also continue its gas line work in the Quarry Extension. This work is scheduled to be completed by Monday, 1/30.


Weekday work (1/30-2/3)
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.


Work on the Stanford University Lake Water project will begin on Wednesday, 2/1 in the L-3 parking lot (corner of Quarry at Welch). This work will temporarily displace some 'A' permit parking in L-3. Additional 'A' permit parking will be available at the Andronico's site at the Stanford Shopping Center during this time. The Lake Water project is estimated to be completed 2/10.


On Thursday, 2/2, water will be turned off at the Falk Building on the Stanford University Medical Center campus. The shut off will begin on 2/2 at 8 pm and will be turned back on at 5 am on 2/3. The City must perform this work in order to replace existing water pipe with new water pipe located in the street area.This water shutdown will be performed by the City of Palo Alto as per their city standards. There will be no water available in the building during this time. No other medical center buildings will be affected.


Utility work will continue on Welch and Quarry Roads.


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


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 (2/3-2/5)
Hours of Construction Activity: 8 am - 5 pm


Work may occur in the L-3 (Quarry) parking lot.

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 (1/27-1/29)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3:30 pm


Work to complete the removal of an existing duct bank will occur on the Make-Ready site over the weekend. A new driveway will also be constructed on site.


Weekday work (1/30-2/3)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3:30 pm


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


Shoring work will begin on Monday, 1/30.


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 re-routed 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.


What to expect next weekend (2/3-2/5)

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


No work is planned next weekend.


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 (1/27-1/29)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3:30 pm


Structural work within the Pavilion will continue over the weekend.


Weekday work (1/30-2/3)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3:30 pm


Structural work is ongoing with the installation of overhead structural supports and localized slab strengthening. This work is targeted to be completed in early February.

Wall layout and framing has begun where the structural work is complete.

Concrete repairs to the exterior fa´┐Żade are targeted to be complete in early February. Installation of the refurbished wood windows continues on the lower floors. As this work is completed, the fabric wrap will be removed beginning next week.

Installation of a new communication line in Quarry Road is complete. The road repairs are temporary pending future utility connections.


What to expect next weekend (2/3-2/5)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am - 3:30 pm


Structural work within the Pavilion is scheduled for next weekend.

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).