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November 11, 2011



As of Nov. 7th, South Pasteur Drive is a two-lane, two-way road and North Pasteur Drive is no longer accessible due to construction activities. 


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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 

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:

We thank you for your patience with our traffic pattern changes on Welch Road, Quarry Road and Pasteur Drive. The Welch Road Utility Project is the most impactful part of the Renewal Project to our medical center community, but also the shortest in duration.  We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time as we work to complete this portion of the work needed to build extraordinary new health care facilities.

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!

Weekend work (11/11-11/13): 7 am- 8 pm*

No work planned this weekend.

Weekday work (11/14-11/18): 7 am-8 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.

Staff parking is still available in PS-4 but all vehicles will need to enter and exit PS-4 via South Pasteur Drive. Stanford Hospital & Clinics Visitor parking will be maintained at PS-3 and at the Valet lots. For a complete list of parking facilities near the medical center, click here.

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 will continue to grind curbs and gutters on Welch Road in order to bring the site to grade. After the grinding is completed, trenching will begin to facilitate upcoming utility work. New water line installation work will continue along Quarry Rd along with continued survey, staking work and preparatory utility-related work along Quarry and Welch Roads.

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 (11/18-11/20): 7 am-8 pm

No work is planned next weekend.

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:

Weekend work (11/11-11/13): 7 am- 8 pm

No work is planned this weekend.

Weekday work (11/14-11/18): 7 am-8 pm

Demolition will continue at 701 Welch with building 'B' and is scheduled to be completed in early December. Tree removal will continue on the Make Ready site.  The preparation and transport of Redwood trees from 701 Welch to the Hoover tree storage yard will also continue. 

Utility work will continue near the day hospital and the Bass Center. This work includes connecting utilities (bypass piping) from the existing tunnel at the hospital. Some noise-producing activity will occur during this effort.  Work is scheduled to be completed around 12/1.

Work will begin to create a temporary bypass near the Packard Children's operating rooms. Drilling will occur on the exterior hospital wall on 11/15 and will continue through 11/16.

Work will continue on the Falk ramp, which includes the demolition of the ramp footings.


Night Work (11/7-11/11): approved working hours until 8 pm

No work is planned next weekend.


What to expect next weekend (11/11-11/13)

A large crane will lift the steel ramp at Falk into place on 11/19.  Please be cautious of construction trucks entering the road.


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


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:

Weekend work (11/11-11/13): 7 am-8 pm

Hard demolition is complete. Interior demolition will continue this weekend.

Weekday work (11/14-11/18): 7 am-4 pm

Interior demolition activities will continue this week. 

Night work: (11/14-11/18): work hours approved until 8 pm

No work is planned.

What to expect next weekend (11/18-11/20) 7 am-8 pm

No work is planned.  


General Reminders


Reminder: The AC Transit U Line stops have been removed from Welch Road and Campus Drive due to the traffic pattern changes on Welch. The U Line stops will remain on Quarry (one stop at Palo Road and one near Crate & Barrel), on Roth near Lorry Lokey Labs (across from Parking Structure 1) and at the Campus Oval. No schedule changes will occur. For more information on the U Line, call (650)724-9339 or email 


In response to recent concerns over night noise from nearby residents, we requested and were granted special permission from the City of Palo Alto to alter our work hours in order to avoid overnight jackhammering activity. Our new hours of construction activity are Monday-Sunday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm until November 23, 2011. 


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).